Idaho State Police Seize Record-Amount Of Marijuana From Oregon Semi

Jan 29, 2019

It's the biggest Idaho drug traffic bust any state trooper can remember: a three-ton load of marijuana officers found on I-84.

Idaho State Police say they found 6,701 pounds of a THC-containing substance inside a semi truck registered in Oregon. The bust occured during an inspected at the east Boise Port of Entry last week.

The 31 bags inside the semi were filled with a green leafy substance the driver claimed was hemp, but tested positive for THC.
Credit Idaho State Police

The driver's paperwork indicated the truck trailer contained industrial hemp. But a state trooper's training and experience led him to believe it may be something more.

The truck trailer was unsealed and inspectors found 31 large bags filled with a green leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana. A drug sniffing dog gave a positive alert on the cargo and a narcotic ID kit sample tested presumptive for THC, the active intoxicant in pot.

The 36-year-old truck driver from Portland was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in marijuana. The presumed pot is being tested at a lab for a more conclusive analysis.

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