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TWIN FALLS — A Boise couple has been charged with marijuana trafficking after police confiscated $30,000 worth of drugs in a sting operation. 

Sarah Rankin, 42, and Stephen Anthony Rodriguez, 55, were arraigned Monday and jailed on bonds of $50,000 and $75,000, respectively. 

Idaho State Police arrested the pair on Friday night after staging a deal over the phone through a confidential informant, according to a police affidavit. Rankin and Rodriguez met the informant in the Sportsman's Warehouse parking lot in Twin Falls. 

Officers found bags containing about 26 pounds of marijuana in Rankin and Rodriguez's car, the affidavit said. Rodriguez had previously told the informant that the marijuana would cost $1,200 per pound, or $30,000 total for 25 pounds. 

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Preliminary hearings for both Rankin and Rodriguez are scheduled for April 27.


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