Boone County deputies find 3 pounds of marijuana in vehicle on Interstate 70

Friday, April 17, 2009 | 2:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — At about 9:34 p.m. Thursday, members of the Boone County Sheriff's Department's Proactive Patrol Unit stopped a vehicle traveling east on Interstate 70 between U.S. 63 and Lake of the Woods Road, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

Sgt. Brit Shea of the Sheriff's Department said the vehicle was stopped after deputies scanned the license plate and discovered an active arrest warrant.

Deputies arrested the driver and searched the vehicle. The smell of marijuana led the deputies to discover 3 pounds of marijuana, according to the release.

Shea estimated the value of the marijuana to be near $2,400 and said it was not an uncommon amount.

"This is a group of guys whose job is to go out there and be proactive," Shea said of the Proactive Patrol Unit. "So this is a great job on their part."

The release identified the driver as 18-year-old Nicholas J.W. Porter of Fulton. In addition to the warrant, he was arrested on one count of distribution of a controlled substance, the release said. A Boone County judge set bond at $20,000 for the drug charge and $500 for the warrant.

A 15-year-old Fulton resident, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was detained on one count of distribution of a controlled substance and was later released to a guardian following a referral to the Boone County Juvenile Office.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Ray Shapiro April 17, 2009 | 3:00 p.m.

(...3 pounds of marijuana...Shea estimated the value of the marijuana to be near $2,400 and said it was not an uncommon amount.")
Why is that a common amount? Is there a law that needs to be changed to deter this 3lb. brick?

(Report Comment)
Matt Y April 17, 2009 | 3:14 p.m.

I'm pretty sure that law will be ignored just like the current law is, ray.

(Report Comment)
Mark Montgomery April 17, 2009 | 3:30 p.m.

The police can bust as many pot smugglers and users as they want and they will not even BEGIN to put a dent in the demand for nor the use of marijuana. The police are only succeeding in becoming the sworn enemy of the citizens of this country by making illegal searches at traffic stops and showing up at our houses in black SWAT suits and armored vehicles and battering down the front doors of civilians and totally destroying their property with impunity. Do we really want the police to be an enemy occupying force in our own country? A group of 20,000 very serious policemen, prosecutors and attorneys have formed a group to legalize ALL drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ( ) They see what happened when we legalized alcohol in 1932 as a good example of how drug legalization would work. We can't stop drugs. They're sick of chasing drug users and sending innocent people to prison for decades just because they like to get high. How many millions of Americans are we going to lock up in prison for decades? Legalize ALL drugs now. Mark Montgomery

(Report Comment)

Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.