K-9 finds 5 pounds of marijuana in train luggage

Colorado man remains jailed in Auburn
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
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A Placer Sheriff’s German Shepherd stopped a Colorado man’s homebound train trip in its tracks after he sniffed out the man’s marijuana stash. Daniel Ray Vialpando, 27, remained in jail Tuesday after he was arrested Jan. 12 at a Colfax train station when deputy canine Okar and his partner, Deputy Derek Tredinnick, found five pounds of marijuana in Vialpando’s luggage, according to Placer Sheriff’s Sgt. Troy Minton-Sander. Vialpando’s “suspicious behavior” reportedly put Amtrak train security officials on alert at the Sacramento station, Minton-Sander said. “There was a series of suspicious behavior on his part that led officers to initially make contact with him,” Minton-Sander said. Vialpando left the Sacramento station and then used the same ticket to board a train at the Roseville station, according to Minton-Sander. Train police officers called for help from Placer Sheriff’s deputies, who met officials at the Colfax station. When law enforcement officials boarded the train, Minton-Sander said they watched Vialpando stand up and walk toward the back of the train. Deputies stopped him and Okar located Vialpando’s marijuana-filled luggage. Minton-Sander said Vialpando was headed toward Colorado when the arrest was made. “We were fortunate to be in a position to provide assistance,” Minton-Sander said. “Derek Tredinnick and his partner did a good job.” Vialpando was in custody as of Tuesday afternoon held on $110,000 bail. Jenifer Gee can be reached at