Crime

July 30, 2014

200 pounds of marijuana discovered during traffic stop in Calaveras County

More than 200 pounds of marijuana was found in a Keyes man’s car during a traffic stop in Calaveras County last weekend.

More than 200 pounds of marijuana was found in a Keyes man’s car during a traffic stop in Calaveras County last weekend.

A Calaveras County sheriff’s deputy who conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Cargo van with expired registration Saturday afternoon noticed the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle, according to Sgt. Anthony Eberhardt.

The driver, identified as 54-year-old Darryl Lasater, initially said he had marijuana in the vehicle for his own personal use but later admitted to transporting the marijuana from Calaveras County to an unknown location.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy discovered 20 large moving boxes filled with processed and unprocessed marijuana, weighing more than 200 pounds. The estimated street value is over $100,000, according to Eberhardt.

Lasater was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana over an ounce, felony possession of marijuana for sale, felony transportation of marijuana, cultivation of marijuana, driving with a suspended license and expired registration.

Lasater has since posted $36,250 bail and was released from the Calaveras County Jail, Eberhardt said.

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