California Man Arrested in ‘Unprecedented’ Loudoun Pot Seizure

A joint investigation between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration culminated Monday in a roadside drug bust that netted nearly $900,000 worth of packaged marijuana.

Based on information obtained through the sharing of intelligence between the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Unit and the DEA, a traffic stop was conducted on a rental truck in the area of Old Ox Road and Rt. 267 shortly before 10 a.m. Monday. The marijuana had been shipped to Loudoun County by a national cargo transportation company and was loaded into the truck by the driver shortly before the bust, according to the sheriff’s office.

A total of 155 separately packaged bricks of marijuana, each weighing approximately 1.2 pounds, were inside the rental truck. The gross weight was 186 pounds. Also inside found was 15 pounds of marijuana wax, commonly referred to as “shatter.”

The driver, Bryant W. Denison, 54, of Petaluma, CA, was taken into custody and charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana. Denison was held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center. Additional charges are pending. A preliminary hearing in Loudoun County District Court is scheduled for Feb. 16.

“The recovery of such an extraordinary amount of marijuana is unprecedented in Loudoun County and is a credit to the collaborative efforts between our Tactical Enforcement Unit and the DEA,” Loudoun Sheriff Mike Chapman said in announcing the arrest.

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