Alleged 64 lbs of marijuana in vehicle leads to charges against Washington man

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The Saline County prosecutor charged Patrick S. Douglass, 39, of Poulsbo, Wash., with four felonies last week after a traffic stop led to his arrest.

A probable cause statement in the case states on Thursday, Jan. 4, the vehicle Douglass was driving was traveling below the speed limit on Interstate 70. The officer of record noted that he displayed a rigid posture and remained in the left lane after passing a tractor-trailer.

After stopping the vehicle, the officer noticed the rear seats in the Ford were folded down, and there were several duffle bags and totes in the cargo area. There was a strong odor from the air freshener, and the officer believed there may have been a faint odor of raw marijuana. According to the probable cause statement, the officer reported Douglass’ reason for travel was implausible and the itinerary did not make sense. Douglass denied consent to search his vehicle, and the officer requested a K-9 unit from the Cooper County Sheriff’s Department. The K-9 positively alerted, according to the statement, and a subsequent search revealed 54 pounds of marijuana, 2.75 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, and a large quantity of pipes and bongs. The statement also notes the officer located personal use marijuana, THC oil, THC edibles and whippets.

Unofficial online court documents state Douglass was charged with two class C felonies for the delivery of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid, a class D felony of possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana/synthetic cannabinoid, and a class E felony for unlawful delivery of drug paraphernalia-for commercial purpose.

Douglass’ bond amount was set at $50,000 cash or surety with conditions, and then later reduced to $50,000 cash or surety or 10 percent with conditions.

Editor’s note: Charges contained in reports provided by law enforcement officials are not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting charges must be presented before a jury, whose duty is to determine if the accused is guilty or not guilty of the charges.