A stranded motorist with a flat tire ended up in county jail after a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy stopped to assist him — and found duffel bags full of marijuana.
Sheriff’s Lt. Alicia Milhous was driving on Highway 49 at about 3 p.m. Tuesday when she noticed the driver out of his vehicle just past Juvenile Hall, near Cement Hill Road, said Sgt. Guy Selleck.
The rental vehicle, which had Nevada license plates, had the trunk open and emptied so the driver could access the jack, Selleck said.
Milhous said she saw the man on one side of the highway, walking from a ditch in which he apparently had stashed something covered with a blanket. By the time she turned around, the man had crossed the highway to his vehicle, which had a flat tire.
“He had blankets covering the bags in the ditch,” Milhous said. “I didn’t want him walking back and forth across the highway, so I went to help him load them back in the vehicle.”
According to Milhous, the smell of marijuana was evident as she approached the ditch, and she called the Narcotics Task Force.
The duffel bags proved to contain about 80 pounds of trimmed marijuana bud, Selleck said.
The cola was packaged in one-pound bags, each marked with the strain of marijuana, including Green Crack, UK Cheese, Blue Dream, Mr. Nice Guy, Sour Diesel and Girl Scout, he said.
The driver, identified as Garth Alexander Gryte, 61, of Dayton, Nev., refused to make a statement, Selleck said.
Gryte was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana for sale, and has been released on $10,000 bail.
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