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Utah men charged with trafficking pot after Boise traffic stop

Sheriff’s investigators say they found this pot during a traffic stop Sunday.
Sheriff’s investigators say they found this pot during a traffic stop Sunday.

Two Utah men were charged with trafficking marijuana after a routine traffic stop on Gowen Road near Interstate 84 Sunday afternoon, according to the Ada County Sheriff’s Office.

Barry W. Herbert Jr., 32, of Roosevelt, Utah, and Donald Ray Hatch, 37, of La Point, Utah could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the felony charges involving more than 4 pounds of marijuana.

Hatch, who was driving, also is charged with providing false information to a police officer and possession of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors. Both men are scheduled for a preliminary hearing March 14. Bond was set Monday at $75,000 for Herbert and $150,000 for Hatch.

Deputies said they observed the car make an illegal stop at the light at Gowen and Eisenman roads just before 5 p.m. Sunday.

The vehicle, which had California plates, stopped well past the “limit line” and on the crosswalk. The crosswalk is well beyond the limit line at that intersection, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

A search of the car after a K9 detection dog indicated the presence of drugs revealed several heat-sealed packages of marijuana in a duffel bag. The total weight of the pot was 4.3 pounds. Drug paraphernalia was also found in the car.

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