BOISE — A Texas man could face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison after police and prosecutors say he brought almost 40 pounds of suspected marijuana — and more than 60 pounds of suspected hash oil — into the state.
Harold Butler, 39, of Frisco, Texas, is charged with trafficking in marijuana, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and possession of drug paraphernalia. An Idaho State Police trooper caught sight of his rented 2019 Ford F-150 on Interstate 84, and pulled it over after it made an improper lane change, Courtney McQuain, an intern for the Ada County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, said in court Tuesday.
The trooper learned the truck had been rented in Texas, but had been due back to the rental company on June 17. As the trooper checked to see if the rental agreement had been extended, McQuain said, another trooper brought a drug dog to conduct a sniff of the truck. The dog alerted police to the presence of drugs inside, and troopers conducted a search.
They found 39 pounds of a leafy green substance that tested presumptive positive for marijuana. They also found 64 small mason jars, McQuain said, which contained 66.2 pounds of hash oil.
Given the amount of the substance police and prosecutors claim Butler possessed, he faces a mandatory minimum of five years in the state penitentiary, Magistrate Judge Theresa Gardunia told him in court.
McQuain asked the judge to set his bond at $500,000, but Gardunia instead chose $250,000. Butler is next scheduled to appear in court Friday for a preliminary hearing.