Ada County deputies find 117 pounds of marijuana during traffic stop


A motorist on Interstate 84 caught the eye of an Ada County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday afternoon after he changed lanes numerous times without signaling, a sheriff’s spokesman said.

The deputy pulled over 26-year-old James M. Reed, who was driving a GMC Yukon east on the interstate.

Reed initially told the deputy that he was moving from Seattle to Missouri, and the boxes in the back of his truck were household items, the sheriff’s office said.

The deputy said Reed later admitted during their conversation that the boxes actually contained marijuana. A K-9 drug-sniffing dog also detected pot in the vehicle. The marijuana was in vacuum-sealed bags and weighed in at 117 pounds.

Reed is charged with trafficking marijuana (25 pounds or more). He is being held at the Ada County Jail on $200,000 bond.

If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison, including a mandatory minimum of five years.

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James Reed
Ada County Jail

Katy Moeller: 208-377-6413