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Trucker busted in Idaho with 6,700 pounds of suspected marijuana

Truck driver Denis Palamarchuk was arrested for trafficking marijuana after police found more than 6,700 pounds in his trailer.

 

A truck driver was busted in Idaho Jan. 24 hauling more than 6,700 pounds of marijuana – the largest pot bust in Idaho State Police history.

According to an ISP press release, Denis Palamarchuk, of Portland, Oregon, was pulled over at the East Boise Port of Entry for an inspection. As part of the inspection, the trooper inspected the bill of lading, which said the load was hemp.

The trooper suspected that the cargo was marijuana and not industrial hemp, so he inspected one of the 31 large bags in the trailer. Upon inspection, he observed a green, leafy substance that appeared to be marijuana, then used a narcotic identification kit to test a sample. The sample tested positive for THC. Additionally, the trooper called in an ISP drug-sniffing canine team, and the dog alerted for drugs.

Palamarchuk was arrested and booked into the Ada County Jail on the charge of felony trafficking in marijuana. The cargo, which totaled 6,701 pounds, is being lab tested for conclusive analysis.

“This is the largest Idaho State Police trafficking seizure of this type in any present-day trooper’s memory,” said Colonel Kedrick Wills, ISP director.

A trucker was arrested earlier this month in Oklahoma in a similar case in which the load was supposedly 18,000 pounds of industrial hemp, but police believed it to be marijuana.

A Utah man is facing a felony charge after he faked being hit by a tanker truck hauling milk.

A Hyrum man faces multiple counts after police say he faked being hit by a truck at an intersection where he had “previously reported concerns about semi-trucks cutting the corner.”

According to a probable cause statement, a large group — seven Cache County Sheriff’s deputies, two Utah High Patrol troopers, a Cache County ambulance and Hyrum first responders — was called out on Saturday, after Jeremy Sharp, 33, reported someone had been hit by a truck at the intersection of 500 W. 400 North in Hyrum.

Sharp “refused to provide dispatch with any other details and said that he was not near the patient.”

When authorities arrived, Sharp was lying on his back just outside the travel lane on the southbound side of 500 West. He had “no apparent injuries, there were no tracks or other indications that an accident involving a vehicle had occurred.”

But Sharp told police “he had been hit by a tanker truck hauling milk,” and that the previous night he “had been hit by a tanker truck hauling gasoline.” EMTs examined Sharp “from head to toe” but could find no sign of trauma, and Sharp did not indicate he was in any pain.

Sharp was texting on his phone while EMTs examined him, and “dispatch updated us that they were receiving texts through 911 from Jeremy asking for assistance.”

Sharp was lifted into an ambulance, where EMTs could find no injuries. As he was exiting the ambulance, he “went limp and began to collapse to the ground.” Police officers carried Sharp to a patrol vehicle and told him he was under arrest for falsely reporting an accident to 911; Sharp “immediately began pulling away … despite being ordered to stop resisting.”

Sharp has been charged in 1st District Court with falsely reporting an emergency a third-degree felony; interfering with an arresting officer, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.

California trucker hauling $4.5M in heroin is snagged in N.J.

Police seized heroin worth as much as $4.5 million following a traffic stop on Interstate 295 in Gloucester County, officials reported this week.

Logan Township Police stopped a tractor-trailer driven by Jose Meza, 50, of California, and a narcotics-detecting K-9 indicated the presence of heroin in the vehicle’s cab.

Officers found 10 kilograms of heroin in a hidden compartment.

“The kilograms were individually packaged and stamped with unique markings,” according to an announcement from the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, which collaborated on the arrest.

Authorities called the bust “historic.”

This quantity of the drug could have produced 200,000 to 300,000 individual doses, which would have sold on the street for $10-$15 each, county Prosecutor Charles Fiore estimated.

“This seizure represents a major impact on illegal drug distribution activities in our region,” Fiore said in a statement.

Officials cited the importance of this bust, given the ongoing opioid addiction crisis in New Jersey. Gloucester County alone has reported more than 130 fatal overdoses in 2018, the prosecutor’s office noted.

Meza was charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, a first-degree charge, and possession of CDS, a third-degree offense.

He was released pending future court appearances.

Truck driver arrested following rollover crash in Bainbridge

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Bainbridge Public Safety says a semi-truck driver has been arrested following a rollover crash early Monday morning.

BPS officers responded around 12:45 a.m. to the Highway 84 Bypass near the West Shotwell Street exit.

According to Captain Terry Pait, once the safety of the driver was secured, the scene was turned over to Georgia State Patrol. The Georgia Department of Transportation also responded to the call.

The truck driver escaped without injury but was arrested at the scene for driving with a suspended license and failure to maintain a lane.

Officials say portions of the guardrail were damaged and temporary guardrails have been put into place.

Trucker who fell off Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel had numerous drugs in system

The results of the toxicology report showed a startling number of drugs in the driver’s system.

A truck driver who lost his life after crashing off of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel earlier this year was driving with numerous types of drugs and alcohol in his system, according to a recently released toxicology report.

CBBT Crash Claims Two Lives

The fatal crash happened during stormy weather on July 27, 2018. Authorities said that 32-year-old truck driver Jervone Rakeem Hall and passenger Christopher Fenner, 29, were traveling southbound on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel near mile marker 12 when their truck collided with a van, sending the semi-truck crashing into the bay below.

Both Fenner and Hall died in the crash.

The four people in the van suffered only minor injuries.

Toxicology Report Finds That Drug And Alcohol Use Contributed To Crash.

For months, the cause of the crash remained unclear — until a toxicology report was released by the Department of Forensic Science laboratory in Norfolk a few weeks ago.

From the report:

“Another contributing factor to the crash was found to be that Mr. Hall was under the influence of multiple narcotics and had a BAC of 0.062 which for driving a commercial vehicle is over the legal limit.”

Substances found in Hall’s system include:

  • Cocaine
  • Benzoylecgonine
  • Methamphetamine
  • Amphetamine
  • Ephedrine/pseudoephedrine
  • THC

The report also stated that medical examiners found a pouch containing syringes, a white powder, and a lighter, in Hall’s pocket during the autopsy.

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Police say that heavy rain and Hall following too closely also contributed to the double fatality crash.

Since the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel opened in 1964, 15 vehicles have fallen off of the bridge, resulting 18 fatalities.