PAROWAN A traffic stop last week resulted in what authorities are referring to as a “pipeline bust” leading to the seizure of around 15 pounds of marijuana law enforcement officials said came from California on its way to the Wasatch Front.
Joseph Edward Mikacevich, 63, was arrested shortly after the stop on Interstate 15 near mile marker 81. He was booked in jail for felony distribution charges and a class B misdemeanor for possession of paraphernalia.
Investigators say Mikacevich was traveling from California to his home in Sandy.
Authorities are calling the incident a “pipeline bust,” because the pot was allegedly being transported via the interstate.
Iron County Sheriff’s deputy Doug Twitchell pulled Mikacevich’s vehicle over near Parowan for not correctly changing lanes after passing.
Twitchell said it took Mikacevich some time to pull over, during which time he observed him fiddling with something in the car.
Twitchell said he smelled marijuana coming from inside the vehicle after walking up to it.
While the deputy was searching the vehicle, Mikacevich tried to convince the lawman to let him go, a report indicated.
“Mr. Mikacevich kept trying to distract me. He would walk a little closer to the car and say, ‘come on just write me a ticket and get me on my way.’ I had to keep telling him to stay where he was,” Twitchell wrote in the report.
The initial search allegedly only found pornographic magazines and a plastic container behind the passenger seat that had marijuana in it, the report stated.
Twitchell said he believed these were the items Mikacevich was “trying to hide” during the pullover.
However, upon searching the trunk, Twitchell allegedly found the 15 pounds of marijuana along with a 1-pound vacuum sealed bag filled with a green powdery substance authorities believe is “hash,” which is resin collected from the flowers of the marijuana plant.
Twitchell also reported finding a small Baggie with a white powdery substance that Mikacevich insisted was baking powder, a set of scales and several unused small Baggies.
A test is being conducted on the powdery substance, authorities said.
According to the report, Mikacevich allegedly admitted the small plastic container of marijuana behind the passenger seat was his but insisted he had no knowledge of what was in the trunk.Share