BOISE — An Oregon man was arrested on Thursday for a cargo haul that is possibly the largest pot seizure in Idaho.
Denis V. Palamarchuk, 36, of Portland was heading east on Interstate 84 with a semi-truck when he stopped at the East Boise Port of Entry, according to a news release from Idaho State Police.
While inspecting the cargo, a trooper saw that the cargo’s bill of lading declared the haul as a load as hemp.
“However, the trooper's training and experience made him suspicious that the cargo was in fact marijuana, not industrial hemp,” states the release.
The cargo consisted of 31 large bags, and further investigation revealed a “green, leafy substance,” that looked like marijuana. A Narcotic Identification Kit revealed a positive test for THC, the psychoactive substance in hemp’s cousin, marijuana.
An ISP drug-sniffing canine team also indicated the load was positive for THC.
Palamarchuk was booked into Ada County Jail for a felony charge of trafficking in marijuana.
Another sample of the load is being tested at a lab for conclusive anaylsis, according to the release.
"This is the largest Idaho State Police trafficking seizure of this type in any present-day trooper's memory," said Colonel Kedrick Wills, ISP director, in the release.
For comparison, ISP provided seizure amounts for the past five years. In 2014, police seized 319 pounds; in 2015, 458 pounds; in 2016, 507 pounds; in 2017, there were 1,375 pounds seized; and in 2018 there were 2,131 pounds of marijuana seized in Idaho.