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Deputies confiscate 7 pounds of pot on I-80

Joseph Lawrence Filson Joseph Lawrence Filson
Russell Wayne Deatherage Russell Wayne Deatherage

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies say they confiscated seven pounds of pot and some LSD pills during a traffic stop on I-80 Thursday.

Deputies stopped a vehicle driven by 26-year-old Joseph Lawrence Filson of Centennial, Colorado, for traffic violations on eastbound I-80 near mile marker 239 at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

After a K-9 detected drugs, deputies searched the vehicle and say they found seven pounds of marijuana in a duffel bag and some pills that Filson told them contained LSD.  Police also say Filson admitted that the marijuana belonged to him.

Filson told deputies he was taking the marijuana to Chicago to sell at a music festival.  Lollapalooza 2011 runs Friday through Sunday in Chicago.

Filson is charged with a controlled substance violation, possession of a controlled substance and a tax stamp violation.

A passenger in Filson's vehicle, 23-year-old Russell Wayne Deatherage of San Jose, California was also arrested after deputies found suspected marijuana under his seat.  He is charged with possession of a controlled substance.

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