Two marijuana seizures in as many days by Mendocino County authorities included plant buds stored in oven-roasting bags, a common practice in the growing region, officials said.
The bags are made to seal in the heat - and thus odors as well, those transporting the marijuana hope.
Its very, very common, Mendocino County Sheriffs Capt. Kurt Smallcomb said.
The bags proved insufficient to mask the smell of marijuana in a car stopped Thursday night for a vehicle infraction on Highway 101 north of Willits, however.
A sheriffs deputy noted a strong odor coming from inside while questioning the driver, a Windsor man named Nathan Kirk, 24, authorities said.
The deputy ultimately found five, one-gallon oven-roasting bags, each containing about a pound of processed marijuana bud, Smallcomb said.
A day earlier, authorities found numerous garbage bags containing bud-filled oven-roasting bags in the cab and bed of a full-sized pickup truck left behind by fleeing suspects as authorities headed into federal forestlands near Covelo to eradicate marijuana growing there.
On Thursday night, deputies near Willits seized a large amount of cash, an electronic scale, a heat-sealing machine and other materials commonly used to package marijuana in the car driven by Kirk, the sheriffs office said.
He and his passenger, Jared Osburn, 26, of Tucson, Ariz., were arrested for suspected transportation of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale.
They were cited and released, the sheriffs office said.