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Expired tag stop leads to seizure of illegal cannabis
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Photo courtesy of the Lathrop Police Department Officers conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags and out-of-state plates discovered a cache of illegal cannabis as well as other drugs.

A traffic stop on a vehicle with expired tags and out-of-state plates ended up uncovering a large quantity of illegal cannabis as well as other drugs for Lathrop Police.

According to the agency, officers noticed the vehicle on Roth Road over the weekend and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, who was not identified, was found to have warrants for his arrest and was taken into custody. A search of the vehicle turned up several large bags of processed cannabis as well as a quantity of other narcotics – adding to the list of charges that were forwarded on to the San Joaquin County District Attorney for prosecution.

Individually packaged bags of cannabis were also found in the driver’s possession.

While the agency did not disclose the state or region in which the vehicle was registered, California remains a major transport route for drugs making their way into the country and out across the United States. With I-5 and Highway 99 both providing access to Interstate 80 – which runs from San Francisco to New York City through populated areas such as Salt Lake City, Tulsa, Omaha, Chicago, and Cleveland – Northern California law enforcement has made several busts recently where large quantities of drugs under transport were located.

Back in October deputies from the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Office arrested a driver in Ripon that was stopped off Highway 99 and discovered more than 20,000 counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl – which are saturating streets across America as more flood into the country.

To contact Bulletin reporter Jason Campbell email or call 209.249.3