Summit County deputies confiscate 200 pounds of marijuana in 2 weeks

COALVILLE — Summit County sheriff’s deputies reported seizing close to 200 pounds of marijuana in the past two weeks.

About 145 pounds of the substance was found and seized within three days during two separate traffic stops, Summit County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ron Bridge said. The first large bust was Nov. 29, when a deputy stopped a motorist on I-80 near Silver Creek Junction for a minor traffic violation.

Bridge said the deputy could smell marijuana in the vehicle and a K9 helped discover 40 pounds of marijuana in a toolbox. Marijuana and marijuana brownies were also found in the passenger compartment of the vehicle.

“The driver was actually using marijuana and driving at the same time,” Bridge said.

The Oklahoma man was also found with “several thousand dollars” in cash and firearms. He was arrested and faces numerous potential charges, including possession of a large amount of marijuana.

The largest seizure was the result of a minor traffic stop near Wanship on Dec. 1. A K9 indicated there were drugs in the vehicle and 104 pounds of marijuana were found in the trunk. The driver of that vehicle, who is from Wisconsin, was also arrested and booked for investigation of possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and other charges.

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We’re not sure how this will go down in court, but innocent until proven guilty, right?

The passenger on Nelly‘s tour bus who admitted that the contraband found (including over 10 pounds of marijuana, small amounts of heroin and a hand gun) were his has plead not guilty to drug possession charges.

At a border control checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, police found tiny bags of heroin, over 10 pounds of marijuana and a loaded gun after canines alerted them to the substances. Bryan Keith Jones admitted that drugs and gun were his. He was taken into custody and Nelly and the rest of the crew were let go. Jones was released on bail yesterday morning (Oct. 13).

Despite admitting that the items were his (dude, 10 pounds of weed?!), TMZ reports that Jones will likely fight the felony charges against him. For his part, Nelly insisted he had no clue any of those goods were on his tour bus. It is my understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest this morning,” Nelly said Friday night (Oct. 12). “Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to bring these on board. Law enforcement officials did not press charges against anyone other than that individual.”

Tour bus companies have begun taking extra precautions for the now-infamous checkpoint, where Fiona Apple, Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg also faced issues. Several companies told TMZ that they’re warning their celebs “to abandon all illicit items if they do happen to sneak some aboard.” Meanwhile, one line told the site, “It’s just idiotic. Just plain idiotic to risk having something like that on board. You’d have to be stupid to allow that kind of stuff on the bus. That’s why we make sure that doesn’t happen on our line.” Amen to that!


Seven men, two boats caught smuggling over one ton marijuana

A CBP press release announced on Friday that Marine Interdiction Agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine (OAM) stopped a marijuana smuggling attempt early Tuesday morning off the coast of Catalina Island, seizing more than one ton of marijuana and catching seven people aboard a sailboat and a panga both involved in the scheme.

On August 22, a marine interdiction crew was on patrol in a Midnight Express interceptor boat just south of Catalina Island, about 80 nautical miles from San Diego and about 45 nautical miles from Los Angeles/Long Beach.

At about 3 a.m., the crew spotted a sailboat in the area. The crew of the sailboat signaled with a flashing light in the direction of the OAM vessel, and the marine interdiction agents boarded the sailboat.

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Nearly 9,000 Marijuana Plants Seized In Pueblo County: One Of The Largest Busts In Colorado History

Between 7,000 and 9,000 marijuana plants valued at an estimated $15 million were seized by law enforcement agencies on Wednesday. The crop seizure, in a sophisticated growing area between Rye and San Isabel in Pueblo County, Colorado, is the largest marijuana grow bust in Pueblo County history as well as one of the largest busts in Colorado history.

“This is the work of Mexican drug cartels,” Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor said to The Pueblo Chieftain. “This stuff isn’t being distributed here. It’s being grown, harvested and sent to California or wherever. No doubt this is the biggest (grow) bust in the history of Pueblo County.”

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Federal marijuana raid in Flathead County leads to guilty plea

A 33-year-old Whitefish man pleaded guilty Monday to federal drug charges related to a raid of his medical marijuana dispensary last March.

Christopher Ryan Durbin entered the guilty pleas during a hearing in U.S. District Court in Missoula, admitting to charges of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana and structuring or making bank deposits of less than $10,000 in order to avoid IRS reporting requirements.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 29. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, but could be sentenced to 40 years and fined $2 million.

According to an offer of proof by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott, Durbin owned and operated several businesses in the Columbia Falls area, including Northern Lights Medical, which helped customers apply for their medical marijuana patient cards, and Good Medicine Providers, a medical marijuana dispensary.

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Wyo. troopers seize 74 pounds of marijuana on I-80

EVANSTON, Wyo. — Wyoming authorities are investigating following the seizure of 74 pounds of marijuana from a car on Interstate 80.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said Monday that the marijuana – estimated to be worth about a half-million dollars – was discovered Thursday during a traffic stop near Evanston, near the Utah border.

The driver, 41-year-old Christopher Brady, was arrested and was being held in Evanston.

Investigators believe Brady was driving from the Portland, Oregon area and may have planned to deliver the marijuana in or around Kansas City.

The patrol and the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation are both investigating.


Celebrity marijuana busts, action-hero sheriff’s deputy putting dusty West Texas county on map

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas — Nestled among the few remaining businesses that dot a rundown highway in this dusty West Texas town stands what’s become a surprise destination for marijuana-toting celebrities: the Hudspeth County Jail.

Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and actor Armie Hammer have been among the thousands of people busted for possession at a Border Patrol checkpoint outside town in recent years, bringing a bit of notoriety to one of Texas’ most sparsely populated counties.

“Once I was in Arizona, and when I said where I was from, they said, ‘That’s where Willie Nelson was busted,’” said Louise Barantley, manager at the Coyote Sunset souvenir shop in Sierra Blanca.

Hudspeth County cameos aren’t only for outlaws: Action movie star Steven Seagal, who’s already deputized in Louisiana and Arizona for his reality show “Steven Seagal Lawman” on A&E, has signed on to become a county officer.

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