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Police: Calif. couple busted with 106 pounds of pot on Pa. Turnpike

Jailed in Berks County on $2 million bail each

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - A traffic stop led to an unexpected find for a state police trooper on the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

Trooper Justin Hope said he stopped an SUV for following another vehicle too closely in the eastbound lanes of the turnpike in Caernarvon Township, Berks County, on Monday.

Hope said his subsequent observations led him to suspect criminal activity, so he asked the driver for consent to search the rented SUV.

The driver, however, denied the trooper's request, so Hope called for the response of a state police K9 unit.

The dog detected the smell of drugs, giving police probable cause to search the vehicle according to court documents. That search, police said, turned up several large boxes and duffel bags that contained 106 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana, weighing a total of approximately 106 pounds.

The driver, Todd Vowell, and the passenger, Raeanne Vowell, both of Rocklin, California, were arrested on various drug charges and committed to the Berks County Jail on $2 million bail each.


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