A California man was arrested Saturday afternoon on U.S. Interstate 80 in Dallas County for allegedly transporting 33 pounds of high-end cannabis.
Jesus Nuno, 34, of 602 W. Honolulu Dr., Lindsay, Calif., was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and failure to affix a drug tax stamp.
The incident began about 4 p.m. near the 104 mile marker of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80, when an Iowa State Patrol Trooper clocked Nuno’s 2014 Nissan Sentra traveling at 89 mph in a 70-mph zone.
The trooper also noticed “a California-plated vehicle following closely behind him,” and the the second vehicle “would follow as he changed lanes,” according to court records.
While issuing the speeding ticket, the trooper was told by Nuno that the vehicle he was driving “belonged to his cousin, and he was taking it to him in Chicago from California,” but Nuno could not tell the trooper “his cousin’s name and did not know where the car was going.”
Nuno then “admitted he did not know who owned the car and he was told to take it from California to Chicago and call someone when he got there.”
According to court records, Nuno’s story gave the trooper a “reasonable articulable suspicion to believe the defendant was participating in criminal activity,” and the trooper “requested a K9 come to the scene.”
The drug-sniffing dog “indicated to the presence of the odor of narcotics,” according to court records, and a further search of Nuno’s vehicle revealed “an aftermarket floor compartment in the vehicle loaded with 33 pounds of high-grade marijuana.”
Nuno later “admitted the vehicle behind him had been following him from California,” and “he was told to take the vehicle to a hotel and drop it off in Chicago.”
Nuno is held at the Dallas County Jail on a $5,000 cash-only bind. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Dec. 18 in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.