100 lbs. of pot worth $495K in Nevada suicide case

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Updated: 1/31/2013 5:53 pm
SPARKS, Nev. (AP) -- The SUV that four suspected drug traffickers were traveling in before one fled a traffic stop on Interstate 80 east of Reno, stole a Nevada state trooper's cruiser and fatally shot himself, was carrying more than 100 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana has a street value of nearly $500,000, officials say.

Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Chuck Allen said Thursday that troopers recovered a total of 109 pounds of pot wrapped in packages from the 2013 Ford Explorer they first pulled over at 3:55 p.m. Monday.

Three of the four suspects from Jacksonville, Fla., are being held on a series of drug charges in a jail in Reno in lieu of $150,000 bail each. The fourth, 22-year-old Devin Peterson, apparently killed himself with a trooper's shotgun after stealing the cruiser and carjacking another vehicle during a chase on I-80.

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roseanya - 2/4/2013 10:27 AM
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$150K bail for carrying $500K of contraband? Something's wrong with how bail is calculated. Keep in mind that we keep the money if they skip on the court appearance.

roseanya - 2/4/2013 10:25 AM
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Perp seems to have logic / thinking problems. We're getting way past tired of those who keep putting self first and using cops and civilians to kill themselves while doing irreparable damage to everybody.

gunner41 - 1/31/2013 5:37 PM
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Yeah.....harmless perhaps, but ILLEGAL according to current law.

StandsWithFist - 1/31/2013 4:45 PM
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No wonder he stole the cops car and it ended like it did! Dude was running for his life! All for having 100 pounds of harmless plants!
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