Men jailed in Truckee after 68.5-pound pot bust Sunday |

Men jailed in Truckee after 68.5-pound pot bust Sunday

Staff report

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Two Northern California men were arrested Sunday evening in Truckee after law enforcement found 68.5 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop, officials said.

At about 9:30 p.m. Sunday, a Truckee California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a rental box truck failing to maintain lanes while traveling eastbound on Interstate 80 near the Nevada state line, according to a release from the agency.

Upon speaking with the driver — Steven Raymond Soper, 23, of Rohnert Park, Calif. — the officer detected the odor of marijuana coming from the truck. He conducted a probable cause search and found 68.5 pounds of the drug, according to CHP.

Soper and his passenger — JonMichael Debettencourt, 22, of Oakland, Calif. — were arrested and booked in the Nevada County Jail in Truckee on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of drugs.

Bail was set at $10,000 for each. It wasn’t immediately known if they had an attorney.

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