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I-80 pot bust at Truckee; 1 arrest, $100K in drugs

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Police in California say they arrested a New York man and seized 38 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of more than $100,000 during a drug bust north of Lake Tahoe on Interstate 80 near Truckee.

Truckee police say 52-year-old Eric Draffen was booked into the Nevada County Jail on three counts of narcotics trafficking, and possession for sales.

A California state trooper made the initial traffic stop Thursday night near the central Truckee off ramp after observing unspecified vehicle code violations on a grey Dodge Charger.

The trooper became suspicious while talking to the driver and called for a Truckee K-9 unit to help investigate.

Police say a search turned up several cardboard boxes and plastic containers with 31 seat-healed plastic packages of pot ready for sale.

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