Man Faces Several Drug Charges
Paula Vargas, Contributing Editor
POSTED: 8:08 pm MST November 29, 2007
UPDATED: 9:57 pm MST November 29, 2007
SILVERTHORNE, Colo. -- A traffic stop in Silverthorne led to the confiscation of 46.8 pounds of marijuana Thursday.
A Silverthorne police officer noticed a stalled truck at the intersection of Third Street and Adams that was partially blocking the intersection when the officer stopped to assist.
“As the officer pulled behind the stalled vehicle to offer assistance, she observed a GMC Denali driving directly towards her patrol vehicle, failing to stop at the posted stop sign, almost causing a head-on collision,” said Veronica Nicholas, spokeswoman for Silverthorne police.
The officer redirected her attention to the SUV and stopped the driver, identified as Thomas Long II, on suspicion of careless driving.
“As she approached, she could smell a very strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle,” said Nicholas.
A second officer was called to the scene to assist.
“Thomas Long was placed in the officer’s patrol car while his SUV was searched,” said Nicholas. “They located four large lawn garbage bags filled with marijuana.”
The Summit County Drug Task Force, which was contacted for assistance, seized 46.8 pounds of marijuana.
Long was released on a $7,500 bond Thursday evening and faces several drug-related charges.
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