Traffic stop in Albany results in discovery of 28 pounds of pot in vehicle

A California man, arrested Sunday night by Linn County Sheriff’s deputies after a traffic stop, was charged with unlawful transportation of marijuana after the discovery of 28 pounds of marijuana in his Jeep.

Sheriff Jim Yon said deputies stopped a 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee that had defective lighting on Pacific Boulevard near the Motel 6 in Albany at 10:29 p.m. Sunday. During the traffic stop, deputies identified the driver as Billy St. Germain, 31, from California.

St. Germain did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance on the vehicle. He was taken into custody for an outstanding felony warrant for failure to appear from Jackson County, Yon said.

The Jeep was towed as a nuisance vehicle, as it was blocking other vehicles and there was no licensed driver to remove it.

Upon inventorying the vehicle to document any valuables within, the deputies found approximately 28 pounds of marijuana in 29 individual bags.

The marijuana was seized and St. Germain was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and transported to the Linn County jail.