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.
?It?s very, very common,? Mendocino County Sheriff?s 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 sheriff?s 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 sheriff?s 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 sheriff?s office said.
Victims identified in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino fires
Tubbs fire, Sonoma County:
Karen Aycock, 56, Santa Rosa
Christina Hanson, 27, Santa Rosa
Linda Tunis, 69, Santa Rosa
Carol Collins-Swasey, 76, Santa Rosa
Lynne Anderson Powell, 72, Santa Rosa
Arthur Tasman Grant, 95, Santa Rosa
Suiko Grant, 75, Santa Rosa
Donna Mae Halbur, 80, Larkfield
Leroy Peter Halbur, 80, Larkfield
Valerie Lynn Evans, 75, Santa Rosa
Carmen Caldentey Berriz, 75, Apple Valley (vacationing in Santa Rosa)
Michael John Dornbach, 57, rural Calistoga
Veronica Elizabeth McCombs, 67, Santa Rosa
Redwood/Potter Valley fires, Mendocino County:
Roy Howard Bowman, 87, Redwood Valley
Irma Elsie Bowman, 88, Redwood Valley
Kai Logan Shepherd, 14, Redwood Valley
Atlas fire, Napa County:
George Chaney, 89, Napa
Edward Stone, 79, Napa
Charles Rippey, 100, Napa
Sara Rippey, 98, Napa