Don't know if Arizona's Ever Eleazar Murrieta-Nieblas tried to convince authorities that the marijuana in his possession was for medical purposes -- but it would have been a tough argument, since there was 276 pounds of it. The sheer heft likely helped convince a jury to convict him of two felony drug counts; he faces up to 48 years in prison. See a larger photo of the seized pot and get details from the Weld County District Attorney's Office below: Weld County District Attorney's Office release:
ARIZONA MAN CONVICTED IN WELD COUNTY OF DRUG POSSESSION, HAD APPROXIMATELY 276 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN HIS CAR
GREELEY, Colo. - After four hours of deliberation, a Weld County jury convicted an Arizona man of two felony drug counts. Ever Eleazar Murrieta-Nieblas (DOB 3/13/1973) of Tucson was convicted of Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute (a class four felony) and Possession of Marijuana 8 ounces or More (a class five felony).
On December 12, 2009, an officer with the Colorado State Patrol pulled Murrieta-Nieblas over on Interstate 76 in Weld County for a lane usage violation. During the stop, the officer discovered four large duffle bags of marijuana in the vehicle. According to police reports, Murrieta-Nieblas was driving the narcotics from Arizona to Fort Morgan where he was to leave the vehicle unlocked in a motel parking lot overnight so another party could unload the drugs for further distribution.
The amount of marijuana seized during the stop exceeded 250 pounds.
Murrieta-Nieblas, who faces eight to 48 years in prison, will be sentenced on January 7, 2011, at 10:00 in Division 11.
Deputy District Attorney Anthea Carrasco represented the People of the State of Colorado in this case.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Tom Zelenovic charged with assault for beating man on plane after arguing over reclining seat."
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.