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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.

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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Crime and Courts Reporter

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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