Police find 10 lbs. of marijuana worth $20K during traffic stop

Police say a traffic stop led to the discovery of 10 pounds of marijuana worth between $15,000 and $20,000.

On Tuesday at around 9:25 p.m., a patrolman with the West York Borough Police Department saw a white Ford Focus with faulty head and tail lights traveling eastbound in the 1200 block of West Market Street in West York.

The patrolman stopped the car in the 1000 block of the street. He reported seeing the two occupants trying to conceal items in the passenger compartment. The patrolman also detected a strong odor of marijuana.

The driver of the car was identified as 26-year-old Jonathan Gonzalez of South 48th Street in Phoenix, Ariz. Gonzalez was found to be driving without a valid driver's license, and since he was a non-resident, he was taken into custody.

The passenger was identified as 23-year-old Timothy Rier, Jr. of Roman Court in Manchester Township. The patrolman discovered two active arrest warrants for Rier, and he was also taken into custody.

After the patrolman found drug paraphernalia in the car, it was then impounded in order for the patrolman to obtain a search warrant.

A little after midnight that night, after the warrant was obtained, patrolmen found a large cardboard box containing ten individually heat-sealed bricks of marijuana that were approximately 15″ long, 10″ wide and 5″ thick.

Some of these packages were labeled as “Super Kush.” The marijuana weighed over ten pounds and had an approximate street resale value of $15,000 to $20,000.

West York Borough Police Department also recovered other drugs and paraphernalia from other areas of the vehicle.

Gonzalez and Rier face numerous charges including possession with the intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Both suspects were taken to Central Booking for processing and later arraigned. Gonzalez's bail was set at $150,000; Rier's was set at $100,000.

The vehicle is currently impounded, pending forfeiture proceedings.

As of Wednesday, both are currently incarcerated at the York County Prison.

To date, this is the largest single seizure of marijuana from a traffic stop by a West York Borough Police Department patrolman.

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