Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Courtesy Unified Police Department A Unified Police officer's decision to help a stranded motorist led to seizure of a trunkload of marijuana.
California man nabbed for trunkload of pot after car breaks down on I-80
UPD, UHP team up » Officer stopped to help car on I-80, and so did trooper — and his drug-sniffing dog.
First Published Mar 11 2014 10:14 am • Last Updated Mar 11 2014 10:27 pm

It started as a friendly stop by a Unified Police officer to help a motorist in trouble. Then, everything went to pot. Literally.

A UPD officer was driving along Interstate 80 near 7200 West about 2:30 p.m. Monday when a rented Nissan Maxima in front of him pulled over the side of the road, its hazard lights on.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"Our officer pulled over to see if he needed help, and in the process of talking with the driver became suspicious," said UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal.

Coincidentally, that was when a Utah Highway Patrol trooper and his dog also pulled over to see if their UPD colleague needed assistance.

The trooper’s timing couldn’t have been better, for when he approached, the dog alerted to the presence of marijuana — and a subsequent search found 22 pounds of packaged weed in the car’s trunk.

The 49-year-old male driver, of Fresno, Calif., was arrested. He remained in the Salt Lake County jail on Tuesday in lieu of $7,500 bail, booked on suspicion of third-degree felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

"This was just a great example of teamwork by area law enforcement agencies," Hoyal said.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.