ELBERT COUNTY, Colo. — A man from metro Denver was stopped for speeding late Tuesday afternoon when deputies say they detected a strong odor of marijuana.
Upon further investigation, they found about 10 pounds of marijuana that the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office says looked like it was packaged for distribution.
Nathan Campbell, 37, was arrested on charges of speeding, possession of more than 12 ounces of marijuana and possession with intent to distribute.
Sheriff Shayne Heap says under new drug laws that came into effect October 1, 2013, the charges against Campbell carry a prison sentence of 4-16 years if there is conviction.
He says, “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.”
Heap went on to say that I-70 and U.S. Highway 24 are known drug routes and bring a criminal element into Elbert County each day.
Campbell was going 22 miles-per-hour over the speed limit when he was stopped at about 4:00 p.m. near North Delbert Road and Buckskin road.