Marijuana Trafficking Rising on I-86

Earlier today the idaho state police stopped a 1999 chevrolet pickup for a traffic violation on interstate 86 near american falls. During the investigation the officer discovered 1.45 pounds of marijuana. Police say this is a growing problem after a number surrounding states have recenlty legalized marijuana use in some forms. Our reporter Summer Joy gives us further insight into this case and the situation.

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BillG883 - 2/12/2013 4:04 PM
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Is it that marijuana trafficking increased so much (2000%), or is it that highway interdiction efforts have increased? There were plenty of pot smokers in 2011 and before, and pot was being moved all around the country. I live on a state line where for a few years highway interdiction officers were seizing thousands of pounds of pot a year. The drugs were moving East and the money was going West on the Interstate Highway. It was almost all Mexican pot, loads from a few dozen pounds to over a ton. Two or three hundred pounds in the trunk of a car was the norm. The local police and sheriff's department had permission to be on the highway with their dogs along with the state troopers. They were pulling out of state vehicles over left and right and running the dogs around, especially Hispanics from Arizona, California and New Mexico, Colorado too. I was a public defender, handled many thousands of pounds worth of these drug mule cases. Then things just started drying up. I think the people in charge of transporting the weed must have wised up and started bypassing that little four mile stretch of highway where all the busts were occurring. Does that mean marijuana trafficking through our state dropped off? Heck no. There’s just as much pot as there ever was here and East of us. They’re just not seizing nearly as much of it, here at least. You can’t tell how much trafficking is going on by the number of seizures that are made or the quantities seized.

Daguy - 2/12/2013 8:40 AM
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@chas Preach my friend

chas holman - 2/12/2013 12:22 AM
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"marijuana trafficking has increased 2000% since 2011" Man.. if that isn't a wake up call what is.. Way more grass than police officers to deal with it. Always has been, always will be. All that money and lives spent the last 40 years, and it didn't mean a thing or dent the supply nor demand one bit. We need to take our few precious law enforcement resources and focus on 'big boy' things and get over this silly silly marijuana fetish. Let the clergy worry about 'saving' the grass smokers, it isn't in the Government's capabilities.
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