Idaho State Police traffic stop yields $3M worth of marijuana

On Dec. 15, 2018, Idaho State Police stopped a pickup truck and trailer for a traffic violation on Interstate 15 near Dubois and discovered more than 800 pounds of marijuana worth over $3 million. Photo courtesy: ISP

DUBOIS, Idaho, Dec. 24, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Idaho State Police stopped a pickup truck for a traffic violation in Clark County and discovered more than 800 pounds of marijuana after obtaining a search warrant for the truck and the trailer it was pulling.

The traffic stop occurred the evening of Dec. 15 on Interstate 15 near milepost 167, north of Dubois, an ISP news release said.

During the traffic stop, an ISP canine indicated the presence of drugs, so a search warrant was issued for the truck and trailer.

The search turned up over 800 pounds of marijuana, valued at more than $3 million.

Jonathan D. Speckman, 37, of Hainesville, Illinois, was arrested and booked into the Clark County jail for trafficking marijuana, the news release said.

The Clark County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.


  1. This load could represent $300k in tax revenue for Idaho. Instead is a million dollar plus deficit in lost police resources, court costs and massive burden for incarceration. All the while data from the Centers for Disease Control prove cannabis is much safer than alcoholic beverages and tobacco products.

    Cannabis prohibition criminalizes and persecutes citizens for access to an herb that is safer. All just pure reefer madness stupidity. Legalize recreational cannabis Nationwide.


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