Authorities in California say a routine traffic stop turned into a major drug bust this week when they found more than 100 pounds of marijuana stuffed inside a minivan.
Sources say a sheriff’s deputy from Sutter County was on street patrol early Tuesday when a grey mini-van ran a stop sign somewhere in Pleasant Grove. It seemed like the typical traffic infraction incident, so the deputy quickly went in pursuit of the van. Soon, the van stopped on its own accord, and three suspects exited the vehicle and ran away.
The reason they ran for a simple stop sign violation became clear shortly after. The deputy approached the vehicle and noted that it was entirely full of what appeared to be marijuana. Upon further inspection, it was found that over 100 lbs. of marijuana was stuffed into the vehicle. Possibly, the suspects planned on drying out the plants and selling them on the street for tens of thousands of dollars. However, no official motive or plan has been determined at this point.
Sacramento criminal lawyers point out that although marijuana use is legal in California to some degree, there are strict rules surrounding its use and transportation. You can still be arrested for marijuana related crimes just like any other drug offense. Drug offenses often carry serious criminal penalties and should not be taken lightly.
Regarding the van occupants that fled, helicopter based officers were dispatched to the scene to help locate the suspects. In the end, police apprehended T. Le and S. Sanchez-Paz. Both were taken to the Sutter County jail and booked for the alleged transportation and possession for sale of marijuana. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty.