YORK – A traffic stop on Interstate 80 resulting in the discovery of 705 pounds of high grade marijuana has resulted in a multi-felony case against a California man being bound over to District Court.
According to York County Sheriff Investigator Alex Hildebrand, the case began when “a deputy with the York County Sheriff’s Office conducted a traffic stop on a pickup pulling a fifth wheel camper on Interstate 80 near mile marker 348. The vehicle was stopped for committing a traffic violation in the area. The deputy identified the occupants of the vehicle as James Bailey of Anderson, Calif., and Jamie Bowman of Redding, Calif. While speaking with the occupants of the vehicle, the deputy observed numerous indicators that criminal activity was afoot. The deputy asked the occupants for consent to search the vehicle and camper and was denied consent to do so.”
The deputy deployed his police service dog, Loki, on the vehicle, and Loki alerted and indicated to the odor of controlled substances emitting from the rear of the camper, Investigator Hildebrand explained.
A subsequent search of the camper yielded approximately 705 pounds of marijuana.
Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested for multiple charges relating to the trafficking of narcotics.
Bailey has been formally charged with possession of marijuana, more than one ounce; delivery of a controlled substance; and having no drug tax stamp.
Arraignment proceedings in District Court are pending.