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Utah Highway Patrol seizes $890,000 of marijuana during traffic stop

Posted at 2:22 PM, Apr 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 17:27:12-04

SUMMIT COUNTY, Utah - The Utah Highway Patrol seized 356 pounds of marijuana worth about $890,000 on the street, the Utah Department of Public Safety said.

Troopers stopped a pickup truck for a moving violation on I-80 at milepost 158 between Hoytsville and Wanship Tuesday at 7:30 a.m.

After speaking to the driver, DPS said the trooper suspected criminal activity.

A K-9 alerted the trooper about drugs in the vehicle and authorities found 356 pounds of marijuana in the bed of the truck.

According to State Bureau of Investigation agents, the marijuana originated from northern California and was headed to Minnesota.

SBI agents estimate each pound of the drug would sell for $2,500 on the street; about $890,000 for all 356 pounds.

According to Lt. Todd Royce with the Utah Highway Patrol, the suspect in the case was identified as 26-year-old Joseph Vasigo.