CRIME

UHP pulls over van full of marijuana products in Summit County

Oct 12, 2018, 8:11 AM
Thousands of confiscated marijuana products (Office of U.S. Attorney for Utah)
(Office of U.S. Attorney for Utah)

COALVILLE — A standard traffic stop in Summit County leads to the discovery of what Utah Highway Patrol is calling a one-stop pot shop.

The van, being driven by James Martin Burns, 50, believed to have been heading toward Rhode Island through Utah was found to be full of professionally packaged marijuana products, according to U.S. Attorney for Utah John Huber.

“Boy, they hit the mother load here,” says Huber.

The Utah Highway Patrol says a search of Burns’ van found 7,000 THC pen cartridges, 1,400 THC vape pens, 400 jars of marijuana concentrates, and more than 200 1-pound packages of what Huber says is most likely marijuana.

Despite the size of the haul, Huber says the trend of people transporting pot products eastward is increasing.

“It is not uncommon to see this type of activity coming from west coast, legalized states to and through Utah to points east,” Huber explains.

Burns made his first court appearance Thursday. He was ordered to be held in custody until his trial begins.

If found guilty, Burns could face up to a max of 20 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime

Ogden police car...
Mark Jones

Ogden-Weber Technical College evacuated due to bomb threat; no bomb found

Weber County emergency personnel responded to the Ogden-Weber Technical College Wednesday afternoon for a report of bomb threat. After a search of the campus, no device was found.
22 hours ago
The family of Zane James reacts to settlement with Cottonwood Heights city....
Mark Jackson

Family of Zane James speaks out after settlement reached with Cottonwood Heights

The family of Zane James, who died after a police altercation in 2018, reached a settlement with the city of Cottonwood Heights over the death.
22 hours ago
A German Shepard lays on the ground...
Mark Jones

Dog dies after being left in hot car for more than an hour

A dog died Tuesday after being left in a hot car for more than an hour, according to Salt Lake County Animal Services.
2 days ago
Utah Highway Patrol stopped 4,937 vehicles over the Fourth of July weekend....
Mark Jones

Busy Fourth of July weekend for Utah Highway Patrol

In statistics released Tuesday, the Utah Highway Patrol says its Troopers made contact with 4,937 drivers over the Fourth of July weekend, making it a busy one.
2 days ago
First responders work the scene of a shooting at a Fourth of July parade on July 4, 2022, in Highla...
Amir Vera, Jason Hanna, Adrienne Broaddus and Helen Regan, CNN

Highland Park parade shooting suspect charged with 7 counts of murder, state’s attorney says

Officials in Illinois have filed seven counts of first-degree murder against the individual suspected of being involved in the Highland Park shooting Monday.
2 days ago
A sign with the Taylorsville Police Department logo reads "Police Department"...
Aimee Cobabe and Samantha Herrera

Man in custody after high-speed chase through Taylorsville

A high-speed chase through Taylorsville Monday afternoon led to the arrest of a 51-year-old man who police say violated his felony probation.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
UHP pulls over van full of marijuana products in Summit County