NSP Seizes 14 Pounds of Pot in Traffic Stops

state-patrol-logoSeparate traffic stops on two vehicles for following too close violations led troopers to seize 14.1 lbs. of marijuana.

Around 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 15, a trooper stopped a 2013 Mazda 5, on eastbound I-80 near the 56th Street Interchange for following too close. A second vehicle, a 2013 Chevy Malibu, was stopped by another trooper two miles up the road for the same violation. Separate NSP Police Service Dog units were called to each stop with both canines indicating to the odor of drugs coming from each of the vehicles.

Information gathered during the two stops led the troopers to believe the vehicles were traveling together.  A probable cause search of the Mazda led to the seizure of 14.1 lbs. of marijuana. The marijuana, contained in 10 vacuum sealed packages, was located in three duffle bags in the cargo area of the Mazda.

The driver of the Mazda, Martin J. Pearson, 22, Truckee Calif., was lodged in the Lancaster County Corrections on a charge of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.

The driver of the Chevy Malibu, Dakota M. Fox, 22, of Truckee, Calif., and a passenger in the vehicle, Kelly A. Wright, 22, of Truckee, Calif., were both lodged in the Lancaster County Corrections, each on a charge of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver.