DRUG BUSTS: Des Moines Police say two separate drug busts Wednesday led to four arrests and 30 pounds of marijuana being seized | News
Two drug busts by the Des Moines Police Department netted four arrests and 30 pounds of marijuana Wednesday. The high grade pot has a street value of more than $100,000.
"Marijuana busts are not unusual. It's the quantity that makes it unusual. Four pounds in one case, another additional 26 in another case, thirty pounds in one day. That's a pretty unique day," says Des Moines Police Sgt. Chris Scott.
Police say the first case happened at the Motel 6 at 4807 Fleur when they received a report of a strong odor of marijuana coming from one of the rooms. The occupants of the room were stopped by police while they were leaving the hotel.
"It appears as though maybe there were tipped off or caught on that the police were there because the toilet was actually clogged up with a large amount of marijuana that they attempted to flush," says Scott.
Two women were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, conspiracy to deliver marijuana, and tax stamp violations. Thirty-seven-year-old Vilaychith Khouanmany of Des Moines and 28-year-old Amber Cosich of California were booked in to the Polk County Jail. Khouanmany has bonded out.
Later that day, a husband and wife were arrested in a second case. A tip from the DEA in Chicago led Des Moines police to Budget Storage off of 63rd Street. Police discovered 20 pounds of marijuana in a storage unit and another six pounds at the home of the couple who rented it.
Twenty-two-year-old Jessica Gomez and her husband 29-year-old Armando Gomez were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and tax stamp violation. Both were taken to jail. Jessica Gomez posted bond and was released.
"They're getting some large shipments from somebody," says Scott.
Police do not think the four suspects are growing the hyrdo marijuana. They say yesterday was a "good day" because they were able to take those drugs off the streets of Des Moines.