An Illinois man stopped on Interstate 80 for speeding ended up in Placer County jail after a California Highway Patrol officer reportedly uncovered 100 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle.
CHP Officer Jeffcoach, assigned to the Auburn area office, was working speed enforcement on I-80 near Dry Creek Road Wednesday, according to a CHP press release.
At about 10:10 a.m., Jeffcoach reportedly saw a black Jeep Cherokee traveling at approximately 90 mph and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for speeding.
Upon contacting the driver, who was the only person in the vehicle, Jeffcoach reportedly could smell a strong odor of marijuana from within the vehicle.
The driver, later identified as Eduardo Angeles Jr., 23, from Rockford, Ill., was removed from the vehicle and a further investigation was conducted by additional CHP officers, with the assistance of Placer County detectives.
Further investigation revealed approximately 100 pounds of marijuana inside the Jeep Cherokee, wrapped in numerous bundles and covered with a pink sleeping bag, the CHP report said.
Angeles was later booked into the Placer County Jail on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale. He was being held without bail.