By Steve Elliott
Never ride the cops' bumper, man. A man getting stopped for allegedly tailgating a Humboldt County sheriff's deputy led to the discovery of an illegal marijuana grow site allegedly run by the driver.
The deputy was driving a marked patrol truck southbound on U.S. Highway 101 near Eureka when a pickup truck came up behind him in the fast lane, reports the Eureka Times-Standard. The truck remained behind him, and the deputy felt he was being followed a little too closely.
The deputy pulled into the slow lane, and the truck passed him at an estimated 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone. The deputy caught back up with the truck and pulled it over.
The driver, Kevin Bourque, 34, of Eureka, was asked to step out of the truck, along with his two passengers. A search of the vehicle turned up a bag containing about a pound of cannabis, paperwork indicating marijuana sales, and about $14,500 in cash, according to the deputy.
A search warrant was obtained for a Eureka address found on papers in the car. At that residence, deputies found and confiscated 497 growing marijuana plants ranging from three inches to four feet in height, along with about 29 pounds of dried marijuana flowers.
Bourque was busted for transportation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and violation of probation. Additional charges for conspiracy to commit a felony and cultivation of marijuana are being sought.