Sixteen pounds of marijuana seized from man during I-70 traffic stop
WOLCOTT Sixteen pounds of marijuana, perhaps worth $7,000, were seized Sunday from a man who claimed to also have been busted in Kansas for carrying 64 pounds of marijuana, according to a press release from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. Dep. Kyle Hall pulled a man over around 12:30 p.m. for weaving in the eastbound lanes of I-70 several miles east of Wolcott, the release said. The driver was nervous and shaking, Hall said. The man gave the name Heriberto Avita Coronel, 36, of Sonoma, Mexico, but refused to give his real name, the release stated. The vehicle, a white 1994 Mercury Sable, was registered to a woman from Indiana, where the suspect said he was traveling, the release said. “As far as drug trafficking goes, I-70 is one of the most popular routes,” said Sara Cross, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office. After Hall ticketed the suspect for not having a valid driver’s license or insurance, Hall’s drug dog, Fantom, sniffed the vehicle. The dog thought there were drugs in the vehicle, though the suspect denied it, the release said. A search revealed a large package of marijuana sealed with duct tape inside a speaker box, the release said. The suspect was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, the release said. The suspect said the marijuana was worth $7,000. He said that he had been “in trouble with the cops” another time, while traveling through Kansas with 64 pounds of marijuana. Cross said the suspect’s story would not be verified until the Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirms the suspect’s identity, which could take 10 days. The suspect is being held at the Eagle County Detention Facility on a $7,500 bond by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the release said. Even if the suspect pays his bond, immigration and customs will continue to hold him, Cross said.
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