Trooper Clint Fawson pulled over a 2003 Nissan Frontier for speeding at approximately 10:30 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the interstate near milepost 89, according to Sgt. Bob Gutierrez of the Utah Highway Patrol.
Gutierrez said the driver, whose name hasn’t been released because charges have not yet been formally filed, was driving back to New York from California. Fawson asked the man for consent to search the vehicle and consent was granted. Fawson found a large quantity of marijuana hidden in the bottom of a toolbox in the bed of the pickup.
Gutierrez was unable to release the quantity of marijuana confiscated from the vehicle.
“I-80 has become quite the corridor for marijuana,” Gutierrez said. “With California’s law that allows people to grow so much for medicinal purposes, more and more people are driving across the United States to purchase marijuana and taking it back to where they live.”
The driver was arrested and booked into the Tooele County Jail on suspicion of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.