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Man arrested after 62 pounds of pot found in his trunk

Man arrested after 62 pounds of pot found in his trunk

By Pat Reavy | Posted - Dec. 15, 2011 at 10:40 a.m.



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WANSHIP, Summit County — A Michigan man was arrested Tuesday after a routine traffic stop led to the discovery of 62 pounds of marijuana.

A Summit County sheriff's deputy pulled over a vehicle about 4:30 p.m. for a minor traffic violation on I-80 near Wanship. The driver was having a hard time staying in his lane, said Summit County Sheriff's Sgt. Ron Bridge.

As the deputy was questioning the man, he detected an odor of marijuana. The driver consented to a search of his vehicle and the deputy found 62 pounds of marijuana, with an estimated street value of $120,000, and five pounds of hashish in the trunk, Bridge said.

Walter Raleigh Jones, 62, was arrested for investigation of drug possession with intent to distribute.

Because the investigation was ongoing and being conducted in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bridge said his department was not releasing where detectives believe Jones got his drugs or where he was headed. He noted, however, that Jones' only connection to Utah appeared to be he was passing through the state.

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