ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. - A metro Denver man was stopped for speeding in Elbert County Tuesday and deputies found 10 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.
According to the Elbert County Sheriff's Office, 37-year-old Nathan Campbell was stopped for speeding 22 mph over the posted speed limit in the area of North Delbert Road and Buckskin Road.
Deputies said they detected a strong odor of marijuana and after their initial investigation, located approximately 4.5 kilos of marijuana that appeared to be packaged for distribution.
Campbell was arrested and booked on charges of speeding, possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana, a class 6 felony, and possession with intent to distribute, a class 2 drug felony.
With the new drug laws that went into effect on Oct.1, if found guilty, these charges are punishable with a sentence of 4 to 16 years in the Department of Corrections.
"This type of crime in Elbert County is more common than people think. Approximately 60% of the arrests made by ECSO deputies are of people that do not live in Elbert County," said Elbert County Sheriff Shayne Heap.
Heap said that Interstate 70 and Highway 24 are known drug routes and bring a criminal element into the county every day.