San Fran duo busted for allegedly conspiring to traffic in drugs

Canadian County traffic stop leads to cultivation charges

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – Two San Francisco, Calif. men who were stopped while traveling through Canadian County each face up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine for allegedly conspiring to traffic in illegal drugs.

Assistant District Attorney Justin Kemp has alleged that Weiyang Huang, 39, and Qiaming Mei, 39, violated the Uniform Controlled Substances Act by “possessing marijuana seedlings/plants for the purposes of cultivating marijuana plants.”

Huang and Mei were formally charged May 10 in Canadian County District Court with endeavoring to cultivate marijuana, a felony, stemming from their April 28th arrest near SH-81 and SH-152 in Union City.

They allegedly were found with about 25 pounds of marijuana after a traffic stop.

Capt. Jonathan Noteboom and officer Thomas Glosser stopped a Dodge Ram pickup with a New York license plate traveling south on SH-81.

Huang was driving the truck and Mei was the passenger.

Officer Glosser immediately smelled a “strong odor” of marijuana coming from the vehicle while speaking with the occupants, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Capt. Noteboom and officer Glosser asked both men to exit the vehicle while they searched inside.

“Officer Glosser looked inside the bed of the truck and observed two large black trash bags that were tied at the top,” according to the affidavit. “He opened the trash bag closest to the rear of the vehicle and observed multiple suspected marijuana plants.”

The bags allegedly contained a “large quantity of marijuana yearlings.”

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NO LICENSE? NO GOOD …

Huang and Mei were arrested because neither defendant had in their possession a medical marijuana transport license or any licensing from the State of Oklahoma for disposal of marijuana waste, court documents indicate.

Union City Police Chief Adam Taylor field tested one of the suspected marijuana plants, which reportedly tested positive to the presence of THC.

Officer Glosser and Capt. Noteboom weighed both bags of marijuana on a scale and the total weight was about 25 pounds, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Huang and Mei were taken to the Canadian County Jail and the vehicle was impounded.

Canadian County District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II set bond at $10,000 for both defendants, who were released from custody after posting their bonds.

A preliminary hearing conference is set 2 p.m. June 29 before Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar. Huang’s attorney is Jason D. Riddle and Mei’s attorney is Matthew L. Lyons.

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