Marijuana bust: Suspects appear
February 9, 2010
Two people accused of trafficking about 351 pounds of marijuana along eastbound Interstate 80 in Summit County appeared in 3rd District Court in the Snyderville Basin on Monday.
When the Lincoln Town Car he was driving was stopped Jan. 28, Neil E. Lindsay told a Utah Highway Patrol trooper he was taking the marijuana from Las Vegas to Peoria, Ill. Lindsay and Kathleen G. Lindsay, 49, are each charged with possession or use of a controlled substance, which is a second-degree felony.
Documents prosecutors filed last week shed light on the circumstances surrounding the arrests. The car was pulled over near Coalville at about 7:20 a.m.
"Trooper (Shane) Keisel noticed the car was traveling about five miles per hour below the posted speed limit and he observed it drift back and forth between the number one and number two lanes," court papers filed by Summit County prosecutor Joy Natale state. "When Trooper Keisel got behind the Town Car, the driver hit his brakes hard and slowed down even more."
The trooper stopped the car, spoke with the suspects and their stories did not match, according to Natale.
"During the course of the stop, Trooper Keisel observed several ‘indicators’ of drug trafficking behavior based on his training and experience," information filed against the suspects states.
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A search dog that sniffed the car indicated drugs were inside the trunk, according to Natale.
"Trooper Keisel conducted a search of the trunk and discovered it was filled with several packages containing a green leafy substance which [tested] positive for marijuana," according to court papers.
Preliminary hearings for both suspects were scheduled March 16. Attorney Gerry D’Elia is representing the Lindsays.