16.55 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA Traffic stop leads to drug bust in …

Matt Thom, a Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office deputy, poses with Dreamos, the department’s K-9, with 16.55 pounds of marijuana seized in a drug bust Tuesday.
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A routine traffic stop in Jamestown resulted in the seizure of more than 16 pounds of marijuana valued in excess of $100,000 and multiple drug-related charges against a California man, according to the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office.

Samuel Hanna, 48, Fortuna, Calif., appeared before Judge James Hovey Wednesday in Southeast District Court in Jamestown. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. Hanna is in custody in the Stutsman County Correctional Center.

Hanna was apprehended Tuesday at the Superpumper gas station in south Jamestown. Hanna was stopped after the car he was driving crossed two lanes of traffic to make a left turn south of exit 258 from Interstate 94, according to the affidavit in support of probable cause. Hanna originally gave his name as Wesley Hanna but corrected the information during the subsequent search.

Matt Thom, Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office deputy, reported he smelled raw marijuana while conducting the traffic stop. Hanna refused to consent to a search of his vehicle but allowed a police dog to do a sniff of the exterior of the vehicle. The dog alerted to smelling drugs in the trunk and at the driver’s side window of the vehicle.

A further search of the vehicle found 16.55 pounds of marijuana with an approximate street value of $105,000, according to the affidavit filed with the criminal complaint. The search also produced a knife concealed under a garment on the floor by the passenger seat.

The affidavit notes “a lot of the seized marijuana was raw leaves and stems that are not normally smoked.”

Among the drug paraphernalia found was a tube that Thom believed was used to extract THC oil from marijuana.

Hanna was charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a Class A felony, possession of drug paraphernalia used with controlled substances other than marijuana, a Class C felony, possession of drug paraphernalia used with items other than marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon and giving false information to a law enforcement officer, all Class A misdemeanors.

During the initial appearance, Hanna gave the court no permanent address. He promised to appear for all court proceedings, and he said “had nothing to run to or run from.”

Despite being warned by Hovey that he had the right to remain silent, Hanna said he was self-treating cancer and only possessed the marijuana for that use.

A Class A felony is punishable by 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine. A Class C felony is punishable by five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. A Class A misdemeanor is punishable by one year in prison and a $3,000 fine.

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