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Traffic stop yields 116 pounds of pot on Pa. Turnpike

Oregon man jailed in Berks on $1 million bail

CAERNARVON TWP., Pa. - The stop of a speeding car on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Berks County has landed an Oregon man behind bars on $1-million bail.

A Pennsylvania State Police trooper stopped the red Nissan Altima shortly after 9 a.m. Monday on the eastbound side of the turnpike in Caernarvon Township.

The trooper said the driver raised his suspicion during the stop, prompting him to ask for permission to search the rented car. The driver, identified as Jason Christopher Pennell, refused, so the trooper requested the response of a PSP K9.

The dog alerted troopers to the smell of drugs, giving them probable cause to search the car and find several large duffel bags and a suitcase containing approximately 116 pounds of marijuana, according to an affidavit of probable cause released Tuesday. The search also turned up two vacuum-sealed jars of "hash oil," police said.

Pennell, 32, of Ashland, Oregon, was charged with various drug offenses and committed to the Berks County Jail on $1-million bail.


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