MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) – A California man is behind bars after 25 pounds of marijuana were discovered in his car.
Around 1 a.m. Monday, a Western Colorado Drug Task Force officer pulled over Californian Cuong Quoc Pham, 47, on Interstate 70 near mile marker 12. An arrest affidavit says Pham was following too closely behind another car and driving 46 mph in a 40 mph construction zone.
As he walked to the driver’s window and talked to Pham, the officer noticed that the driver was extremely nervous. The affidavit says Pham's car started to roll backward toward the officer's, and Pham had a hard time stopping it. He was also stuttering so badly he could barely speak.
When the officer took Pham’s driver’s license, he saw that Pham had two cell phones inside his car. This raised a red flag because the officer knew “from training and experience that persons involved in drug trafficking will often have multiple phones,” the affidavit says.
The officer then smelled raw marijuana inside the car. When he asked to search the vehicle, Pham consented, opening up the trunk. There, the officer found a large, black duffle bag filled with about 25 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $60,000 to $65,000.
Pham was immediately arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail.