Traffic stop in Utah yields 250 pounds of marijuana

Traffic stop in Utah yields 250 pounds of marijuana

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SALT LAKE CITY — Grand County deputies say a man was transporting 250 pounds of marijuana when he was pulled over on I-70.

Paul Woods, 56, was arrested for investigation of possession of more than 100 pounds of marijuana, drug possession, drug distribution and two traffic infractions.

On Thursday, a Grand County sheriff’s deputy pulled over an SUV on I-70 for having an illegal tint on the windows and following another car too closely, according to a police affidavit.

The deputy then observed a vape pen in the vehicle and signs it contained THC, the affidavit states.

“I observed large objects in the back seat of the vehicle that were covered by sheets from a bed. I became suspicious of this. I asked for consent to search the vehicle. Paul did not give consent. I conducted a search of the vehicle based off of the THC vape pen,” according to the affidavit.

The deputy found 14 boxes and one black bag in the car with a total of 250 pounds of marijuana, the affidavit states.

“Paul Woods is trafficking marijuana through our state, onward to Illinois. Paul has a criminal history. Paul has no ties to this community and is likely to flee,” according to the affidavit.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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