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CHP finds 100 lbs. of pot in truck 'reeking of marijuana' on Highway 101

The CHP seized nearly 100 pounds of marijuana from a truck Tuesday afternoon, after it passed officers who were impounding another car, officers said.

Three CHP officers were on the right shoulder of Highway 101 South near Canyon Road at about 5:20 p.m., taking possession of a car from an uncooperative driver, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

A white Toyota Tacoma drove by them "reeking of marijuana," Sloat said.

Two of the officers got back in their patrol car and pulled the pickup over near Independence Lane, Sloat said.

When asked about the marijuana smell coming from the truck, the driver, identified as Eric Smith, 25, of Soquel, said there were a "few pounds" of pot in the truck, Sloat said.

A search by officers uncovered 99 pounds of processed and unprocessed marijuana in the bed of the truck, a methamphetamine pipe, brass knuckles and an unspent .32 caliber bullet, Sloat said. Smith, a convicted felon who is prohibited from owning firearms or ammunition, was booked on suspicion of transportation and sale of marijuana, possession of ammunition by a felon, and possession of brass knuckles and drug paraphernalia.

A passenger in the pickup, Dino Moschetti Jr., 29, of Aptos, was arrested on suspicion of transportation and sale of marijuana, possession of brass knuckles and drug paraphernalia.


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