Sonoma police arrested a Brookdale man Thursday after finding 50 pounds of processed marijuana in his rental car, a police sergeant said.
A California Highway Patrol officer flagged down a deputy with the Sonoma Police Department on state Highway 12 in Glen Ellen around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, police Sgt. Spencer Crum said.
The CHP officer told the deputy he suspected three people in a Nissan Altima rental car that he stopped were transporting marijuana, Crum said.
The deputy and his Belgian Malinois/German Shepherd narcotics detection dog, “Dickie” responded to the traffic stop, Crum said.
The deputy received conflicting statements from the three occupants of the vehicle about their activities, and Dickie sniffed the exterior of the car and indicated there were drugs in the trunk, Crum said.
The deputy found 50 pounds of processed marijuana sealed in vacuum-packed plastic bags and more than $14,000 in cash, Crum said.
Jeremiah Soria, 40, of Brookdale was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana. The two passengers in the car, both New York residents, were released without being charged, Crum said.