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YCSO bust nets 53 pounds of high-grade marijuana

Gregory Bergren

Gregory Bergren

WEST OF ASH FORK - A Yavapai County Sheriff's Office deputy that stopped a car for speeding discovered a load of "medicinal quality" marijuana in the vehicle headed for Texas and arrested the driver, a sheriff's spokesman said.

Gregory Bergren, 29, of Washington state was taken into custody May 2 on I-40 at milepost 135 after a deputy pulled him over for speeding and, while talking with him, smelled marijuana, YCSO spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn said.

The deputy got permission to search and found two duffel bags with just under 53 pounds of pot in them, D'Evelyn said, at which point Bergren admitted he was being paid to take it to a storage locker in Texas.

The marijuana was labeled as "medicinal quality," meaning high in THC content, and has an estimated value of $3,000 a pound, D'Evelyn said.

Bergren was booked into the Camp Verde jail on charges including possession of marijuana. He's being held without bond.

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