Neighboring states’ legal pot means bigger busts in Utah

Loads of marijuana make their way across the state from places like California and Oregon.

Published on May 31, 2018 10:04AM


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Highway Patrol is seizing more marijuana on state highways and interstates since the drug has been legalized in a number of Western states.

John Huber, the U.S. Attorney for Utah, says drug busts within the state’s borders historically yielded only a few pounds per stop.

But he tells the Deseret News it is no longer unusual to intercept up to 100 pounds at a time as loads of marijuana make their way across the state from places like California and Oregon.

Huber says Utah law enforcement officers focus 90 percent of their anti-drug efforts on heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. But he says the boost in marijuana trafficking is “a disturbing trend.”



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