WINNEMUCCA, NV - Two people are in the Humboldt County Jail after a traffic stop led to troopers finding 159 pounds of marijuana.
The afternoon of Wednesday, May 22, an NHP trooper stopped a Penske moving truck for a traffic violation near Winnemucca. The trooper made contact with the driver, 33-year-old Earl Pointer of California. When talking to the driver, the trooper says he smelled an odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. Field sobriety tests were conducted on Pointer, and he was arrested for DUI.
During the traffic stop, the trooper says he suspected criminal activity. A NHP K-9 was deployed around the truck and alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, several large packages of marijuana were located in the cargo area of the truck.
Pointer was charged with DUI in the first degree, Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance for Sales, Trafficking of Controlled Substance-Marijuana, and Transporting a Controlled Substance. His total bail was $56,127.
The female passenger, Ms.Venisha Estrada, age 37, from California, was also arrested and charged with Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance for Sales, Trafficking of Controlled Substance-Marijuana, and Transporting a Controlled Substance. Her total bail was $55,000