On Jan. 2 at approximately 9:02 a.m., Tri-DENT Drug Task Force agents conducted a traffic stop on a 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe (rental vehicle) with California registration on Interstate 80 near Mile Post 55.5 in Bureau County driven by David L. Pitts, 38, of Berkeley, Calif., with passenger Alexis K. Strang, 22, of Mariposa, Calif., for a lane violation.
During the stop, the Tri-DENT K9 conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and indicated to the presence of narcotic odors. As agents began a search of the vehicle, it was discovered some of the windows of the vehicle had been disabled. Agents began removing the vehicle's door panels and discovered 14 vacuum sealed packages containing purported cannabis; totaling approximately 14 pounds, hidden in the door cavities.
Both Pitts and Strang were charged with unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver (more than 2,000 but less than 5,000 grams), a Class I felony.
Pitts and Strang are being held at the Bureau County Jail awaiting a felony bond hearing.