Trooper uncovers 160 pounds of pot during traffic stop

By Eric W. Dolan
Monday, December 19, 2011 16:46 EDT
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If you’re hoping to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of marijuana in a rented van, you probably shouldn’t violate routine traffic laws.

A state trooper allegedly found 160 pounds of marijuana after pulling over a van on Interstate 84 for an unsafe lane change and speeding, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

The trooper could smell a strong marijuana odor coming from inside the vehicle and he requested assistance from a K-9 unit, which lead to the discovery of the pot.

Possession of small amounts of marijuana, under one ounce, in Massachusetts is only a civil violation subject to a $100 fine. Marijuana decriminalization was approved by voters in a 2009 referendum.

But because of the amount in this case, the drug traffickers face about 5 to 12 years in prison if found guilty.

Watch video, courtesy of Fox News, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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