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109 pounds of pot seized on Vail Pass

Matt Zalaznick

Both the driver, 25-year-old Jose Herrera of Mexico, and the passenger, Evelyn Perez, 67, of California, were arrested and taken to the Eagle County jail after an Eagle County sheriff’s deputy and a drug-sniffing dog discovered the packages of marijuana in a hidden compartment, police said.

The 1988 Chevy S-10 pickup truck was headed east over Vail Pass around 10:49 a.m., Sunday, when it was pulled over at mile marker 185, about five miles above the East Vail exit. Troopers stopped the truck because the plate was illegible and blocked by a trailer hitch, Cpl. Larry Graves said.

Herrera did not have a driver’s license and Perez had no identification, Graves said.

Neither of the pair was the registered owner of the truck, Graves said.

Herrera and Perez were traveling from California to Kansas and then to Alabama, Graves said.

Both Herrera and Perez were arrested for investigation of possessing more than 8 ounces of marijuana. They were also placed under “special-offender” status because they are suspected of having more than 100 pounds of marijuana, Graves said.

Matt Zalaznick covers public safety, Eagle County Courts and Avon/ Beaver Creek. He can be reached at (970) 949-0555 ext. 606 or via e-mail at mzalaznick@vaildaily.com.

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