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FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a California man has been arrested in Arizona after nearly two pounds of high-grade marijuana was found in his rental car.

Pinal County Sheriff's officials say 25-year-old Vonheinrick Geneve of San Francisco, is being held on suspicion of marijuana possession, transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.

It was unclear Tuesday if he has a lawyer.

A sheriff's deputy stopped the car Geneve was driving on Interstate 10 in the unincorporated area of Eloy for a traffic offense.

The deputy reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle and noticed a clear film canister containing marijuana in the car's open center console.

PCSO says Vonheinrick stated his girlfriend rented the vehicle for him in California so he could visit family in Tucson. Evidence showed the vehicle was actually rented in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Authorities say a search of the vehicle turned up a backpack containing 1.88 pounds of hydroponic marijuana and a digital scale.

Sheriff Paul Babeu stated, "Vonheinrick thought he could smuggle marijuana through Pinal County. Thanks to an alert K-9 deputy his plan failed. He will not be returning to California anytime soon, instead, he will be spending time behind our bars."

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