Sacto 9-1-1
February 2, 2009
Traffic stop yields 81 pounds of pot

From Sandy Louey:

During a weekend traffic stop, a Butte County sheriff's deputy discovered 81 pounds of marijuana, according to a news release.

The deputy was on patrol on Highway 99 about 8 a.m. Saturday when he spotted a southbound Ford F-150 pickup truck in which the GPS unit was mounted on the windshield and obstructing the driver's view, according the Sheriff's Department news release.

During the stop, the deputy's K-9 partner walked around the truck and alerted the deputy to the rear license plate area, where bags of processed marijuana were hidden, the release said. The Sheriff's Department estimated the street value of the 81 pounds of marijuana at $324,000.

The driver of the truck, Leland Lapham, 58, of Lititz, Pa., was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana. Lapham was booked in the Butte County Jail with bail set at $100,000, authorities said.

Anyone with information about this case can call the sheriff's department at (530) 538-7389.

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