TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC4 News) – A man who says he is a retired Atlanta detective was caught driving 222 pounds of marijuana and more than $3,000 cash in a truck.
It happened in late May; court documents unsealed Monday show Edward Hansen is a retired Atlanta officer who told a state trooper: “sometimes you win and sometimes you lose, today wasn’t my day.”
Hansen, court records show, drove a truck with Georgia plates. He said he was leaving Oregon and heading to Atlanta when a Utah Highway Patrol stopped him in Tooele County in late May.
What tipped troopers off is that he was driving slower than the speed limit in Tooele County — and then slowed down even more when he saw a state trooper. The trooper noticed his truck windows were tinted far more than is legal.
“It’s pretty amazing how much illegal activity comes through Utah on the interstate system,” said Sgt. Todd Royce with Utah Highway Patrol.
“There are people out there that look at it as a business,” added Royce.
The trooper “immediately detected the strong odor of air freshener emitting from within the vehicle,” according to court documents.
Soon after, Hansen told the trooper “he is a retired Atlanta detective.” The trooper noticed his “hands were visibly shaking.”
Soon, a K9 was on scene and detected the scent of marijuana, according to court records. That was probable cause to search the vehicle. In the truck bed, 222 1-lb. vacuum-sealed packages of marijuana were discovered.
Troopers say all types of people are taking marijuana from the West Coast (usually California) back East to sell for a profit.
“There’s quite of bit of money when it comes to that, but there’s also risk,” said Royce.