Three men arrested in historic pot bust

A traffic stop Sunday led to one of the biggest drug busts ever for the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies reported finding about 30 pounds of marijuana in eight vacuum-sealed bags in a car with three Wisconsin men.

Moffat County Sheriff's Deputies Courtland Folks and Mark Galvan pulled the Mitsubishi Montero over for speeding at 10:20 a.m. on Colorado Highway 40, near mile marker 78, according to reports. The vehicle was traveling east at 90 mph in a 65 mph zone west of Craig, Folks said.

Folks alleged the driver, Jeff Skaife, 27, of Waunakee, Wis., gave deceptive answers to questions about where he was headed, which prompted Folks to use his dog, Czar, to search the vehicle.

The bust is one of the biggest for the Sheriff's Office, Folks said.

Skaife and the two passengers, Dustin Dienberg, 21, of Edgerton, Wis., and Jason Swanson, 22, of Madison, Wis., were charged with felony possession of marijuana.

All three men are being held in the Moffat County Jail.

The felony possession charge carries a penalty of two to eight years in prison for those not on probation or parole.

If deputies find drugs in a vehicle, all of the passengers can be charged with possession, Folks said.

The men said they were coming from "out West," Folks said, but they would not say where.

They said they were going to Madison, Wis., Galvan said.

The street value of marijuana is between $800 and $1,200 a pound, depending on its origins, a federal drug agent said Monday.

Although 30 pounds is a major bust in Moffat County, federal officials say it's fairly small compared with busts in major cities or near the U.S.-Mexico border.

Semitrailers full of marijuana have been found in Arizona, the agent said.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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