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Man wanted for possessing 50 pounds of marijuana

Posted: October 3, 2013 - 7:16pm

Law enforcement is looking for a Soldotna man after 50 pounds of marijuana were found in his vehicle on June 27.

Soldotna Police released 44-year-old Joey Girves following a traffic stop, but seized his vehicle after smelling the marijuana during contact.

Girves faces two drug-related charges. He faces one count of possession of controlled substances and one count of intent to deliver.

The request for an arrest warrant dated Aug. 23 states Girves left Alaska after the traffic stop. Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Megan Peters said Girves’ whereabouts is still unknown.

According to an affidavit filed by Troopers, Soldotna Police stopped Girves in the Maverick Saloon parking lot after Girves had driven over a curb and sidewalk near the Kobuk Street and Wilson Lane intersection.

While making the traffic stop, Sgt. Duane Kant smelled fresh marijuana from the 2001 Toyota pickup. Girves denied having any marijuana in the vehicle and refused to allow Kant to search the pickup.

The vehicle was impounded while police obtained a search warrant. On June 30, after getting the warrant, police searched the vehicle and found the “high-grade processed” marijuana with a street value of $225,000.

“The amount of marijuana … is indicative of someone possessing the controlled substance with the intent to distribute it,” the report said.

The Alaska Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit was asked to take over the case.

Speaking for the drug unit, Peters wrote in an email she cannot disclose details of where in the vehicle the drugs were found as the investigation is ongoing.

Troopers received the results of the test sample from the state crime lab confirming it as marijuana on Aug. 7.

“Investigations take time,” Peters said about the roughly two months between the traffic stop and issuing of the arrest warrant.

The drug unit assists agencies when requested and that there is “no set (quantity of drugs) that determines a shift of case responsibility,” Peters said.

Bail for Girves is set at $10,000 and a court approved third party custodian.

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Raoulduke 10/06/13 - 05:11 am
38 days

It took 38 days from Finding "high- grade processed" marijuana to being confirmed as marijuana. I would find this to be exceptionally slow.Then to have a person with distribution quantities to get bail for $ 10,000 is ridiculous. Only in Alaska would such a bail for distribution been given.

Suss 10/06/13 - 06:07 am
Longer Testing

The "high grade" marijuana testing seems to chronically be a slow process, where testing of the lower quality marijuana requires a lot fewer testers for confirmation.

Watchman on the Wall
Watchman on the Wall 10/06/13 - 06:56 am
One has got to have the FACTS

One has got to have the FACTS straight before one can form a BELIEF of innocence or guilt, I DO BELIEVE.
It takes some a while to gather all the FACTS, others simply go on BELIEFS of what they see is REAL, this of course leads to many a FALSE UNDERSTAND and Misconceived Ideals leading to Bad choices.

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