Man arrested with almost 500 pounds of pot products in duffel bags

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Jamar Lawrence Daniels, 32, of Los Angeles was arrested Wednesday on charges of controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug tamp and keeping premises of vehicle for controlled substance violation.

A California man was arrested Wednesday while transporting more than 400 pounds of cannabis-related goods along U.S. Interstate 80.

Jamar Lawrence Daniels, 32, of 900 S. Irolo St., #325, Los Angeles, was charged with controlled substance violation, failure to affix drug tamp and keeping premises or vehicle for controlled substance violation.

The incident began about 2 p.m. Wednesday near the 117 mile marker of eastbound U.S. Interstate 80, where an Iowa State Patrol Trooper initiated a traffic stop of a 2019 GMC Yukon, driven by Daniels.

According to court records, the trooper detected “the distinct odor of raw marijuana emanating from the passenger compartment” when speaking with Daniels, and the trooper “observed the entire back of the vehicle was filled with duffel bags with a large blanket covering them.”

A probable-cause search of the vehicle disclosed “three large duffel bags containing approximately 258 pounds of THC edibles and five large duffel bags containing approximately 173 pounds of high grade marijuana,” a total of “431 pounds total of marijuana-related products.”

According to court records, Daniels told the trooper “he was traveling from Los Angeles,
California to Indianapolis, Indiana,” and was “bringing the marijuana products out to people he knows in Indiana since he used to live there.”

Daniels is held at the Dallas County Jail on a $50,000 cash or surety bond. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing Feb. 3 in Dallas County District Court.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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