An Olivehurst, Calif., resident was arrested in Sherman County following a late morning traffic stop that yielded roughly 9 pounds of marijuana.

On Nov. 17 at about 10:45 a.m., a Sherman County Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped a 1996 Jeep Cherokee for speeding on Highway 97 in Grass Valley. The driver identified himself as Michael Ginn, 23, from Olivehurst, Calif. During the traffic stop, the deputy smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle revealed about 9 pounds of marijuana (see photo at right) in large zip-lock-type bags in the backseat of the Jeep. The marijuana has an estimated street value $15,000.

“As I have said in the past, if you choose to traffic drugs through Sherman County, we will continue to arrest you,” said Sherman County Sheriff Brad Lohrey.

Ginn was arrested and transported to the regional jail on charges of unlawful delivery of marijuana – substantial quantity and possession of marijuana – substantial quantity.

The Oregon State Sheriff’s Association offers a reward for reporting marijuana growers. To report growers call 1-800-624-4405.

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