Denis Palamarchuk

Denis Palamarchuk was arrested in January after Idaho State Police found him to be driving a shipment of more than 6,700 pounds of hemp through Ada County for Big Sky Scientific. He received a withheld judgment.

Denis Palamarchuk didn’t have to appear in court in Ada County Thursday morning — he’d been excused by a judge — but he felt it was important to be present, writes Idaho Press reporter Tommy Simmons. So he drove, by truck, from Portland to Boise to the Ada County Courthouse, where his case — once a felony case, now a misdemeanor charge — would be resolved and where he would fill out the paperwork necessary for him to begin his unsupervised probation.

Palamarchuk is one of three men who were originally charged with felonies after police found them transporting industrial hemp through Ada County in the past year-and-a-half. All three settled their cases in court Thursday, pleading to misdemeanors, and receiving withheld judgments. They will pay fines, but face no more jail time.

In January, Palamarchuk, a trucker, was transporting a shipment of more than 6,700 pounds of industrial hemp from Oregon to Colorado on behalf of Big Sky Scientific, LLC. Idaho State Police arrested him on suspicion of drug trafficking in marijuana. You can read Simmons' full story here at (subscription required), or pick up Friday's edition of the Idaho Press.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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