Man gets 6 years for pot trafficking

A California man who was arrested earlier this year after police sniffed out a perfume-scented suitcase with 34 pounds of marijuana on a Greyhound bus was sentenced Tuesday to serve six years in prison.

Ezell Pounds, 40, of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty in August to felony possession with intent to distribute under the terms of a plea agreement in which the Mesa County District Attorney’s Office agreed not to prosecute Pounds as a habitual criminal, Deputy District Attorney David Waite said.

Waite said Pounds had three unrelated felony convictions, and habitual-criminal charges would have enhanced penalties in his most recent case.

Pounds was a passenger on a Los Angeles-to-Chicago bus when it arrived at the downtown bus depot, 230 S. Fifth St., around 2 p.m. on Jan. 27, according to an arrest affidavit. Western Colorado Drug Task Force officers removed suitcases, and one officer took note of a suitcase with “moderate” perfume odor coming from inside, the affidavit said. The use of perfume on luggage is a common tactic to throw off drug-detecting dogs, an officer wrote in the affidavit.

The baggage claim ticket was for Antar Washington but Pounds claimed ownership of the item.


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