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POSTED January 31, 2013 8:28 p.m.

NEV. CARJACKER HAD $495K WORTH OF POT IN SUV: SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Authorities recovered more than 100 pounds of marijuana with a street value of nearly $500,000 from the SUV that was carrying four suspected drug traffickers from Florida before one fled a traffic stop on Interstate 80 in Nevada, stole a state trooper's cruiser and ultimately shot himself to death.

A total of 109 pounds of pot was found wrapped in packages in the back of the 2013 Ford Explorer that a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper first pulled over five miles east of Reno at 3:55 p.m. Monday, NHP spokesman Chuck Allen said Thursday. He estimated the value at $495,000, based on a sale price of $10 per gram.

Devin Peterson, a 22-year-old felon from Jacksonville on probation for carrying a concealed weapon, managed to steal a trooper's cruiser and use his shotgun to carjack another vehicle during a chase on I-80. The chase ended with Peterson shooting himself in the chest with the officer's weapon near Fernley, about 30 miles east of Reno.

POLICE: 4 TOOK $200K IN COINS FROM VACANT VT. HOME: ALBURGH, Vt. (AP) — Vermont State Police say more than $200,000 in gold coins were stolen from a vacant home after its eccentric owner died in a farm accident last year.

Authorities say four suspects also stole a vehicle, antiques and other items from the home in Alburgh in the months after its owner's death.

Thirty-five-year-old Ricky Benjamin and 52-year-old Mark Mumley, both of Alburgh, and 41-year-old Shawn Farrell, of Swanton, were arraigned and held on $75,000 bail. A fourth suspect was released after being issued a citation.

Police said Thursday the defendants sold coins ranging in value from $350 to $1,800 to coin and jewelry dealers in another county. They allegedly claimed they'd inherited the coins.

Investigators say they've recovered $5,000 in coins so far. More arrests are expected.

 

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