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Matthew Hedger
07/31/2014 7:53 AM

An alert Calaveras County Sheriff’s Deputy conducting a traffic stop for expired registration tags discovered over 200 pounds of marijuana this week. The discovery came at about 2 p.m. Saturday, as the unnamed deputy pulled over a Ford cargo van driven by Darryl Lasater, 54, a resident of Keyes, California. According to the CCSD, the deputy noticed “the strong smell of marijuana coming from the van” and said Lasater initially admitted to having marijuana for his own person use. He later allegedly admitted to transporting the pot from Calaveras County and did not have a valid medical marijuana card issued by a doctor. A subsequent search of the van turned up twenty moving boxes filled with the drug.

A search warrant was issued and detectives confirmed the boxes contained over 200 pounds of both processed and unprocessed marijuana with an estimated street value of over $100,000. Lasater was arrested for possession of over an ounce of marijuana, possession for sale, transportation, cultivation — all felonies — as well as driving with a suspended license and expired registration. Lasater posted $36,250 bail and was released.

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Jim Barber
08/03/2014 12:42 AM
Did Mr. Darryl Lasater post his bond in cash? Was it just pocket money or did some one bring him a load of money?
Catch and release at work.
Janet Bowman
08/03/2014 9:58 AM
Yes, why would you allow a person who is making money illegally to post their bail with illegal funds......It would be the same as me breaking into my neighbors house and selling the TV that I stole so that I could pay my bail...DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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