The regional drug task force arrested four men found with about 120 pounds of marijuana on Wednesday in Rifle. A couple of the men said they were working at a grow site somewhere in the mountains.
A Rifle police officer on patrol spotted an SUV without working brake lights that evening. “As soon as (the officer) stepped out of his patrol car he could smell the overwhelming, nauseating smell of marijuana,” according to an arrest report. He found the SUV’s cargo area was full of large trash bags.
Rifle police informed Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team about the stop, reporting that they “could see marijuana on the parties in the vehicle and buds of marijuana on the floor of the vehicle.” Four men in the SUV were arrested. Upon searching the vehicle, officers found seven large bags full of marijuana.
Officers noted that the driver was well dressed and clean, while the other three men were “disheveled and unkempt” and appeared to have been working.
The driver and one passenger refused to talk to investigators. But the other two told