Idaho State Police announced today that on a routine traffic stop in Power County, officers found about 23 pounds of marijuana and $1,000 in cash (they probably would have had more cash if they had a chance to sell all that weed). The police aren’t releasing any more details yet, but more is likely to come throughout the day.
Of all the places to get busted for something weed-related, Idaho is about the worst. Distribution of between five and 25 pounds results in a mandatory sentence of at least five years and a fine of no less than $10,000. If you add up possession, distribution and, presumably, sale of these 23 pounds, you’re looking at years in prison and tens of thousands of dollars in fines.
Needless to say, these guys are screwed.
According to an ISP press release, officers arrested Philip E. Grossi of Montana for an unspecified traffic violation. Grossi was heading east on I-86 near American Falls in Power County when he was pulled over. ISP isn’t specifying how they found the drugs, but through the process stumbled upon the 23 pounds of weed.
Grossi is being charged with felony possession of marijuana, felony trafficking in marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. If he gets the maximum sentencing on all three charges, he’s looking at 21 years in prison and a fine of $61,000. OUCH.
Captain Eric Dayley with the Idaho State Police said there was nothing fishy with this bust, or the one 18 hours earlier. “If there was a tip-off or something, I don’t know about it. These were the results of troopers working the roads, making traffic stops,” he said. Dayley is remaining mum about any other details about why Rossi and the others were stopped or how officers found the weed, since it’s an ongoing investigation.
But let this put your paranoid minds at rest! This was no grand bust that resulted from a secret tip to the police, say the police. So chill!
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