Traffic stop nets 56 pounds of marijuana

Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 Tess sniffed out 56 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 Exit 5, St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A Washington County Sheriff’s narcotics K-9 sniffed out nearly 60 pounds of marijuana early Monday morning during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 at Exit 5 in St. George.

Melvin Posey, of Chicago, Illinois, booking photo posted Aug. 25, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Melvin Posey, of Chicago, Illinois, booking photo posted Aug. 25, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Deputy Michael Graf, with K-9 Officer Tess, stopped Melvin Posey, of Chicago, Illinois, and Rodrick Douglas, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, for a traffic violation on I-15 around 1:45 a.m. after the vehicle was observed crossing over the center lane divider line multiple times near milepost 4.

When Graf spoke with Posey and Douglas, he noticed the smell of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Sheriff’s Office in support of the arrests.

After interviewing the men separately, the deputy noticed inconsistencies in their stories about their travels.

Posey told Graf they were traveling from Chicago to California to take his son to a college, according to the statement, while Douglas said they were taking his daughter to college. The hotel name given as their place of stay also did not match.

Rodrick Douglas, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, booking photo posted Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Rodrick Douglas, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, booking photo posted Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

The deputy then deployed Tess to conduct a sniff of the vehicle. While searching the car, Tess found several packages containing approximately 56 pounds of marijuana inside duffel bags in the car.

“PSD Tess sniffed a large duffel bag and showed an immediate and distinct change in her behavior,” Graf wrote in the statement. “She then moved back from the bag and sat, showing her trained response to the odor of controlled substance. When I opened the top edge of the bag I noticed it was full of plastic bags that appeared to be marijuana.”

The two men were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Posey was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor for open container of alcohol, as well as an infraction for failure to stay in one lane.

Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 Tess sniffed out 56 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 Exit 5, St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Washington County Sheriff’s K-9 Tess sniffed out 56 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 15 Exit 5, St. George, Utah, Aug. 24, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, of the 5th District Court, ordered $5,000 bail for Posey’s release pending trial during his initial court appearance Monday afternoon.

Douglas was charged with a third-degree felony for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a class B misdemeanor for possession of drug paraphernalia, and a class C misdemeanor for open container of alcohol.

Wilcox ordered $10,000 bail for Douglas’ release pending trial during his initial court appearance Monday. Douglas was found indigent by the court and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Aric Cramer.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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16 Comments

  • Bender August 24, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    Who’s a good dog?

  • fun bag August 24, 2015 at 6:27 pm

    whats worse is how much $$$ they’re gonna owe the mexican cartel for losing that much dope

  • ladybugavenger August 24, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    Make Marijuana legal and no need for the Mexican Marijuana drug smugglers, and then more time and resources will be avaialable to concentrate on catching the illegal alien smugglers.

  • mshaw August 24, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    Guess they can’t play ring around the posey

  • beentheredonethat August 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Bringing weed from Chicago to California? That’s a switch!

  • tcrider August 25, 2015 at 9:19 am

    It looks like they may have been sampling the goods a little bit too much

  • htown August 25, 2015 at 9:44 am

    How are they indigent when they can travel cross country with 150K in weed.

  • Utahn August 25, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Tess looks proud!

  • fun bag August 25, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    If pot were legal this would probly be a few hundred bucks worth, not the tens of thousands current street value.

  • mr.washington August 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Why does everyone think that all marijuana comes from across the border?! Most of it is from the states!

  • Dexter August 25, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    If it was legal. they wouldn’t get their federal funding for the war on drugs.

  • Terry August 26, 2015 at 8:04 am

    LEGALIZE IT AND YOU WONT HAVE THIS BEING TRANSPORTED! PLUS ITS A GOD GIVEN PLANT AND MEDICINE

    • Dexter August 26, 2015 at 8:34 am

      TERRY that will most likely never happen. but if it did get legalized you can bet they would only allow Utah pot in Utah just like Utah beer. The state recommended lower buzz factor. LOL.!

      • Real Life August 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm

        Hilarious! Just like your pathetic life. Ssssshhhh. Be quiet.

  • Terry August 26, 2015 at 8:11 am

    ITS EVERYWHERE IN EVERY TOWN IN USA ANYWAY, AT LEAST DECRIMINALIZE IT UTAH!!!!!

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