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Invisibleveggie

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Dog helps police sniff out 1,600 pounds of pot [VA]
    #4488529 - 08/03/05 04:27 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Dog helps police sniff out 1,600 pounds of pot
August 3, 2005 - roanoke.com

Several state police officials said they could not recall another marijuana bust of that magnitude in the 14 counties they serve.

Authorities arrested two men and seized about 1,600 pounds of marijuana - with a street value of $3.2 million - from a tractor-trailer at a weigh station in Botetourt County.

Acting on a tip, the Virginia State Police on Sunday spotted the truck at the Troutville Weigh Station off Interstate 81 and found 27 boxes of marijuana using a drug-detection dog, authorities said.

Several state police officials from Division 6 Headquarters in Salem said Tuesday that they could not recall another marijuana bust of that magnitude in the 14 counties they serve.

"This is probably one of the largest amounts we've had in this area in a long time," state police Sgt. Bob Carpentieri said.

Authorities said the truck was hauling heads of lettuce from Bakersfield, Calif., to New Jersey.

Darrell Williams, a state police commercial vehicle enforcement officer, was at the weigh station and noticed the truck when it arrived about 2:25 p.m. Trooper Rick Garletts was called to the area as was Botetourt County Deputy D.F. Bruce and his German shepherd, Torro.

Williams and Garletts directed the truck to an inspection area at the rear of the weigh station and obtained consent to search it, Carpentieri said.

Torro indicated there were drugs in the truck, and state police found the marijuana in cardboard boxes wrapped tightly with plastic, the sergeant said. Police declined to discuss where the drugs were to be delivered.

Authorities arrested the driver, Kulwant Singh Gill, 37, and a passenger, Sukhminder Sing, 42. The two Bakersfield men were charged with transporting more than 5 pounds of marijuana into Virginia and with possession of more than 5 pounds of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Both charges are felonies.

The two men were held on $50,000 bond each at the Botetourt County Jail.

Gillian Deegan, an assistant commonwealth's attorney, said the two suspects were scheduled to appear in court Aug. 22 but that the hearing likely would be postponed.

State police said the truck had been operating under the name Jatt-Boyz Trucking of Bakersfield, but Carpentieri said it was unclear whether that is the name of a legitimate business. A listing for Jatt-Boyz Trucking could not be found in Bakersfield.


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Re: Dog helps police sniff out 1,600 pounds of pot [VA] [Re: veggie]
    #4488775 - 08/03/05 09:10 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Darrell Williams, a state police commercial vehicle enforcement officer, was at the weigh station and noticed the truck when it arrived about 2:25 p.m. Trooper Rick Garletts was called to the area as was Botetourt County Deputy D.F. Bruce and his German shepherd, Torro.

"Oh look! A truck! Let's search it..."

Did the cops have any particular reasoning for asking for consent to search it, or do they just do that for all trucks I wonder?


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Re: Dog helps police sniff out 1,600 pounds of pot [VA] [Re: dblaney]
    #4488797 - 08/03/05 09:28 AM (11 years, 6 months ago)

"Acting on a tip, the Virginia State Police on Sunday spotted the truck at the Troutville Weigh Station off Interstate 81 and found 27 boxes of marijuana using a drug-detection dog, authorities said."

A "tip". They were just sitting and waiting for it.

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