Traffic stop leads to discovery of 100 pounds of marijuana

Published: Monday, June 11 2012 10:18 p.m. MDT

SALINA, Sevier County — Officers in Sevier County found 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop Saturday.  

A sergeant with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office stopped a rental car on I-70 for speeding and began to question the car's 32-year-old driver, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. The Las Vegas man was not on the rental agreement, but he offered an explanation as to how he knew the renter who was on the agreement.

When the sergeant had the man call the supposed renter, the story "came apart," the sheriff's office reported. The sergeant's suspicions grew to the point that he asked the Salina City Police to bring a drug dog to the scene.

"The drug dog indicated on the trunk of the car," the sheriff's office stated. "When the trunk was opened there were six suitcases inside. All six contained vacuum-sealed packages."

The substance inside the packages tested positive for THC, the component that makes marijuana psychoactive, and weighed in at 100 pounds. The sheriff's office said the street value of the marijuana was $760,000.

The man was booked into the Sevier County Jail for investigation of possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute. His bail was set at $50,000.

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