Monday, May 19, 2014

Drug Task Force Finds Packaged Marijuana at Bus Station

Massachusetts Man Arrested for 1.4 Pounds of Marijuana

By: Katie, MCSO Intern 

Grand Junction, Colo. -- Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers arrested 40-year-old, Harold Gray last friday, on May 16, after a routine weapon/narcotic check at the Greyhound Bus Depot. After the bus was  pulled into a garage, set up for routine service and matinence checks, the Task Force officer's examined the luggage in the luggage bin. The luggage is not manipulated or searched through in any way, but with the help of a police K-9 any illegal substances may be found.

After the police K-9 Jax, and the handler responded to the passenger compartment of the bus.  Jax did what he is trained to do, and alerted his handler where a strong marijuana odor was coming from. The marijuana odor appeared to be emanating from a gray backpack in the overhead compartment on the bus. The K-9 and the Task Force officer have been a drug detection team since 2007. K-9 Jax is trained to detect the odors of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and ecstasy.

After the Task Force officers made contact with two males sitting on the bus under the compartment where the backpack was located, the officer noticed the male passenger sitting on the inside of the seat had moved the suspicious bag from the overhead compartment to the floor. After consent to search was provided, the suspicious bag was found to have 1.4 pounds of marijuana wrapped in cellophane and dryer sheets.

Gray was placed under arrest and was booked into the Mesa County Jail. The amount found in Gray's bag is far more then personal use, according to the officer's documentations in his arrest report, but is consistent with distribution. For more information, check out the latest booking reports.

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The Western Colorado Drug Task Force is joint operation comprised of officers and deputies with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.