Sweetwater county pot bust

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Morrell and K-9 Deputy Jara pose with nearly 300 pounds of marijuana seized on Sunday.

Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office

The Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office arrested three men and seized nearly 300 pounds of marijuana Sunday after a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

Kyle Bolton, 26, Mack Magee, Jr., 61, and Antres D. Holliness-Ransom, 20, all of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were charged Monday in Sweetwater County Circuit Court with possession of a marijuana, possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver marijuana, all felonies. Bond was set at $100,000 for each man.

According to the sheriff’s office, the three men were stopped at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

After a K-9 unit stopped the vehicle for an improper lane change east of Rock Springs, the drug dog alerted and a sheriff’s deputy searched the van. In total, the deputy found 293.3 pounds of marijuana, more than $700 cash and a money-counting machine.

The marijuana was found divvied up in 260 vacuum-sealed plastic bags, packed into 10 different suitcases and duffel bags, according to the news release.

The sheriff’s office estimated the value of the marijuana at $1.4 million, which would work out to about $300 an ounce.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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