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Marijuana Busts in Utah

The outdoor growing season for marijuana is over in Utah, but the busts continue. The last major outdoor grow discovered by police was reported in the news back in September. Almost two thousand plants were found near Right Hand canyon on private property. The land owner had no knowledge of the grow and it was assumed to be the work of a Mexican cartel. No arrests were made in that case.

But the busts keep on coming, usually linked to a traffic stop and the very sharp noses of canine cops who are called to the scene to give their opinions. For example, about 200 pounds of weed was seized on I-80 last week when troopers pulled over a pick-up with an obstructed brake light. Officers felt the driver was acting suspicious, so they called in the K-9. After the dog alerted, police searched the vehicle and found the marijuana bagged up in the bed of the truck. Arrested in that case was a man from Massachusetts – Brent Mayhew, 49.

A week before that, a Wisconsin man was arrested after a vehicle search yielded 51 pounds of weed.

So what’s going on? Why are these easterners showing up on our highways, loaded down with marijuana? It’s hard to believe they are shipping the drug into Utah, which means they are on their way out – perhaps bringing their hauls back to their home states for sale.

Utah isn’t thought to be a producer state for weed, although the large plot mentioned above proves we can grow the stuff. What’s more likely is that newly legalized states, like Colorado and Washington, or even fairly permissive states, like California, are the sources. Utah then becomes a transit state – not a destination, but just somewhere on the road between the supply and the demand.


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