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BURLEY — The Idaho State Police arrested three people Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 on charges of trafficking marijuana in Cassia County.

About 130 pounds of marijuana was seized during the two days.

Scott D. Hofer, 60, and Mary L. Lindbeck, 55, St. Paul, Minn., were arrested Wednesday after a Cassia County Sheriff’s Office K-9 team was called out to Interstate 86 to help with A traffic stop.

Hofer and Lindbeck were eastbound in a 2009 Chevrolet Tahoe when they were pulled over for a traffic infraction. They were both charged with drug trafficking.

When the SUV was searched, officers found about 120 pounds of marijuana along with $2,000 in cash. The vehicle was seized along with the drugs and money and Hofer was also charged as a felon in possession of a firearm.

In a separate incident, ISP troopers arrested Scott A. Halverson, 53, of Greenwood, California, who was traveling eastbound on I-86 in a 2008 Ford Explorer. He was also pulled over for a traffic infraction. Officers searched the vehicle and found about 10 pounds of marijuana. Troopers also seized the vehicle and $1,100 in cash.

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All three people were booked into the Mini-Cassia Criminal Justice Center.

ISP officials said marijuana seizures have increased steadily over the past four years. In 2014, 319 pounds were seized, 2015, 458 pounds, 2016, 507 pounds and in 2017, 1,375 pounds were seized.


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