Utah Highway Patrol seizes 356 pounds of marijuana

Utah Highway Patrol troopers seized 356 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 80 Monday morning. (Photo: Utah Department of Public Safety)

(KUTV) -- Utah Highway Patrol troopers seized 356 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 80 Monday morning.

The seizure happened at milepost 158 on I-80 at approximately 7:30 a.m., when a UHP trooper stopped a pickup truck making an improper lane change.

After speaking to the truck's driver, the trooper became suspicious of criminal activity.

In his conversation with the driver the trooper was made aware the pickup truck was a rental from a third party and was traveling with a group of four personally owned cars, a press release stated.

The trooper on scene deployed his K9, which gave a positive indication of a drug odor coming from the truck.

The trooper then conducted a probable cause where he found 356 pounds of marijuana in the truck bed.

DPS’ State Bureau of Investigation agents were contacted and are conducting an investigation.

According to SBI agents, the marijuana originated from Northern California and was headed to Minnesota.

The release stated that SBI agents estimate each pound of the drug could sell for $2,500 -- $890,000 for all 356 pounds.

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