The Gauntlet Traps Alleged Transporter
Among transporters of marijuana, Willits is known as the Gauntlet because so many people get picked up for traveling with the still largely illegal substance. Last Friday, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputy says he found 31 pounds in the trunk of a man from Phoenix, AZ.
Press release provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office below:
On 08-28-2015 at approximately 12:49 PM, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a white Toyota Corolla with expired registration tabs traveling southbound on Highway 101 near Willits, California.
The Deputy conducted a traffic stop at MPM 56.13 and contacted the driver, Franklin Timothy Lunney.
During the stop the Deputy detected the odor of marijuana coming from inside the car.
A search of the car revealed two large duffle bags in the trunk. The duffle bags contained approximately thirty-one pounds of bud marijuana packaged in one-pound increments.
Lunney was arrested for transportation of marijuana and was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.