A Minnesota man who was pulled over for crossing the yellow line on an Eau Claire street was found to have several bags of marijuana in his vehicle, police say.
Jerah-Vennee K. Jones, 26, of Anoka, was charged Friday in Eau Claire County Court with a felony count of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the criminal complaint:
While on patrol at 10:45 p.m. Wednesday, an Eau Claire police officer observed a vehicle ahead of him routinely cross the yellow line into the oncoming lane of traffic on the Harding Avenue hill.
Because of the actions of the driver — later identified as Jones — the officer pulled the vehicle over at Harding Avenue and Jefferson Street.
The officer approached the vehicle and could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle.
Jones said he had some family in the Eau Claire area and was driving to his girlfriend’s house.
Officers searched the vehicle and found a large amount of marijuana in a plastic bag near the driver’s side door.
Jones asked the officer how much marijuana was legal in Wisconsin. He was told no marijuana was legal in the state.
Officers continued their search of the vehicle and found two more plastic bags containing marijuana under the seat.
The tops of the bags had been cut off and were freshly melted to create a seal.
A fourth plastic bag, which appeared to be half used, was also found under the seat.
A fifth bag of marijuana was found in the center console of the vehicle.
The officer determined each of the plastic bags were packaged for sale.
Various forms of drug paraphernalia were found in a backpack in the trunk of the vehicle.