A 25-year-old Oregon man is in the Ada County Jail after 3.5 pounds of marijuana were found in a checked bag on an interstate bus.
Michael C. Fuentes of Cave Junction was arrested after bus company employees noticed the strong odor of marijuana coming from a bag in the baggage compartment on a bus that had just arrived in Boise from Portland. Fuentes is charged with trafficking marijuana, a felony, and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing an officer.
Boise police were called to the bus station on the 1200 block of West Bannock Street at 11:25 p.m. Friday and examined the bag, which had Fuentes' name on it. When officers approached the suspect, he ran. Two officers chased him on foot north on 13th Street, then west on Jefferson Street, police said Monday. Officers caught up with him but he refused orders to stop. Officers finally stopped the suspect at gunpoint in a parking lot at 13th and Jefferson and took Fuentes into custody.