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Placer K-9 sniffs out 175 pounds of pot in Loomis

Calistoga suspect's truck stopped for vehicle-code violation
By: Journal Staff Report
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AUBURN CA - A Placer County Sheriff’s K-9 sniffed out a large cache of marijuana in the truck of a Calistoga man who was passing through Loomis Tuesday night, according to a press release issued Thursday afternoon by the Sheriff’s Office. At around 10 p.m., Thomas Franklin Williams, 51, was stopped by a deputy on Interstate 80, near Horseshoe Bar Road in Loomis, for a vehicle code violation. Williams was found to be driving on a suspended license. During a search of Williams’ truck, K-9 Okar immediately focused on the Chevy truck. In the truck bed, within the camper shell, sheriff's spokeswoman Dena Erwin said that deputies found seven large boxes filled with processed and packaged marijuana, which totaled approximately 175 pounds. Inside the cab, Williams also had a loaded .44-caliber Ruger Redhawk handgun, with a 10-inch barrel, Erwin said. Williams was booked at the Placer County Jail on felony charges, including: transportation, sales and possession of marijuana; carrying a loaded firearm with the intent to commit a felony; and carrying a loaded and concealed firearm in a vehicle. His bail was set at $60,000. He was arraigned Wednesday and remained in custody Thursday evening.