Grass Valley man found with 44 pounds of marijuana, authorities say |

Grass Valley man found with 44 pounds of marijuana, authorities say

Alan Riquelmy / The Union

A Grass Valley man stopped for failing to use his turn signal was found with 44 pounds of suspected marijuana, police said.

Nathan Eli Krupnick, 40, is charged with possession of marijuana for sale and transport for sale, both misdemeanors. Arrested Wednesday, he’s since made bond, authorities said.

A detective stopped Krupnick at McKnight Way and South Auburn Street after he failed to use his turn signal. The officer then approached Krupnick’s vehicle, Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smethers said.

“While talking to him, he could smell a strong odor of marijuana,” Smethers said.

The detective asked whether Krupnick had any cannabis. Krupnick said he had 5 pounds, the lieutenant said.

Police then searched the vehicle and found 44 pounds of marijuana, valued at $66,000, in a garbage bag, Smethers said.

“The driver admitted it was actually 44 pounds of processed marijuana,” he added.

Smethers said Krupnick had no doctor’s recommendation on him.

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