Authorities find $100,000 worth of pot during Truckee traffic stop |

Authorities find $100,000 worth of pot during Truckee traffic stop

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A New York man was arrested last Thursday after officers allegedly seized nearly 40 pounds of processed marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 80.

The California Highway Patrol stopped a grey Dodge Charger driven by Eric Draffen, 52, at about 8:15 p.m. near the Central Truckee off ramp, according to a Truckee Police Department statement.

“While speaking to the violator, an alert officer observed several indicators of possible narcotics trafficking,” the statement said.

TPD’s canine “Trax” and his handler responded, and the dog alerted on the car. The ensuing search resulted in locating several cardboard boxes and two large plastic storage containers which contained 31 heat-sealed plastic packages of processed marijuana, according to police, weighing an estimated 38 pounds and having a street value of more than $100,000.

Draffen was arrested on suspicion of three felony counts of narcotics trafficking, possession, and possession for sales. He was booked into the Nevada County jail in Truckee on $10,000 bail.