A 45-year-old California man was arrested Tuesday after 15 pounds of hydroponic marijuana was discovered in his aircraft at Portales Municipal Airport, the Portales News-Tribune reported.


Paul J. Connors of Temecula, Calif., is being held at the Roosevelt County Detention Center on a $50,000 cash-0nly bond charged with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.


Deputies used their K-9 unit to search the 2004 Lanclair single-engine plane after getting a tip from the U.S. Border and Customs Air Interdiction Unit, the paper reported.


The marijuana was found in a large black suitcase in the aircraft’s baggage area, the News-Tribune said.


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