Traffic stop on Interstate 80 nets more than 50 pounds of marijuana
May 12, 2015
More than 50 pounds of marijuana was discovered during a traffic stop on the East Side of Summit County last week, the Park City Police Department said.
A Park City police officer who was on patrol as part of a joint anti-drug operation with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office pulled the vehicle over on Interstate 80 approximately six miles east of the Interstate 84 interchange, according to the Police Department. The driver was in a rented minivan that was from California.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said an unspecified moving violation prompted the traffic stop. The officer was in a marked Police Department vehicle. The traffic stop was logged at 10:44 a.m. on May 7.
In a release, the Police Department said a Summit County Sheriff’s Office police dog was brought to the scene. The dog indicated drugs were inside the vehicle and the authorities found 54 pounds of marijuana hidden in storage compartments on the floor of the van, according to the Police Department.
The driver, a 42-year-old man from San Francisco, was arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana and traffic counts.