According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the deputy was driving in the area of Locust and Conger streets in Garberville when he stopped to allow a Chevrolet Suburban with a Michigan license plate to exit the parking lot of a local business. As the suburban, which was towing a trailer, passed in front of the deputy, he reportedly smelled a very strong odor of marijuana. The odor appeared to be coming from the vehicle.
The deputy followed the vehicle and the smell continued, the release states. The deputy stopped the vehicle at the corner of Redwood Drive and Alderpoint Road in Garberville. The driver of the vehicle identified himself as James Walter Coomes, 39, of Tucson, Ariz. The deputy explained to Coomes why he stopped him and searched the trailer and vehicle.
Inside the trailer, the deputy reported finding 92 large cardboard boxes filled with marijuana bud, estimated to weigh more than 250 pounds. The deputy also reported locating approximately $10,000 in cash and two money orders for $1,000 each.
Coomes was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County jail on charges of possession and transportation of marijuana for sale. His bail is set at $50,000.