Two Minnesota men arrested during "highway hoax"

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Updated: 7/14/2014 4:57 pm
WINNEMUCCA, Nev. ( & KRNV) -- The Nevada Highway Patrol arrested two Minnesota men during a "highway hoax" near Winnemucca last week.

According to Jim Stewart from NHP Elko, 23-year-old Jacob Paul Miller and 24-year-old Joshua David Riddle were charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. They were found with less than an ounce of marijuana, ten pills of amphetamine, one pill of ecstasy and five tablets of LSD. Bail was was set at $16,380 for each person.

A “highway hoax” is when law enforcement puts up a sign indicating a drug checkpoint ahead. Drug checkpoints have been found to be unconstitutional, but law enforcement uses the signs to observe how motorists react. If a motorists sees the sign, exits the highway, then attempts to go in the other direction, law enforcement will follow and stop if a traffic infraction occurs.

In this case, the driver exited the Interstate, then allegedly failed to use a turn signal as he re-entered traffic. When stopped, a search that allegedly turned up narcotics.

The hoax occured at Mile Marker 222.
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