Cochise County detention officer quits after pot bust

BISBEE, AZ - Police in the southern Arizona city of Bisbee say a former Cochise County jail detention officer is facing charges after 260 pounds of marijuana was found in his pickup truck.

Authorities say 44-year-old Armando Morales resigned while being booked into the county jail Wednesday. He bonded out Thursday by posting a $40,000 bail.

County sheriff's officials said Friday that they didn't know if Morales has a lawyer.

Bisbee police say officers received a tip that a truck carrying marijuana may be coming through town. They stopped Morales' pickup Wednesday afternoon because it matched the description and was speeding.

A search found 227 pounds of marijuana under the hood, in the spare tire and in two other hiding spots. A second search Thursday located a hidden compartment holding 33 more pounds.

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