Sacto 9-1-1
January 19, 2010
Placer County sheriff: deputies make drug bust on Amtrak

Bee Staff

Amtrak was not the way to go for a suspected drug courier, the Placer County Sheriff's Department said today in a news release.

A Colorado man was arrested last week after a Placer County Sheriff's K-9 found a large stash of marijuana aboard an Amtrak train in Colfax, according to the release.

The release gives this account:

Sheriff's deputies were called to assist Amtrak police officers while the train was stopped in Colfax on Jan. 12.

K-9 Okar (photo bottom right with what deputies say are the seized drugs), who is trained in finding drugs, pointed officers to the luggage of Daniel Ray Vialpando (photo bottom left), 27, of Colorado. Inside the luggage, deputies found five pounds of packaged marijuana.

Vialpando, who was traveling alone from Sacramento to Colorado, was arrested and booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of marijuana sales and transportation, the release states.

His bail was set at $110,000. He was also wanted on a warrant from Mariposa County.

Online jail records indicate he is no longer in jail.

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