VT DMV: Truck Driver Had Meth, Drugs During Safety Check

VT DMV Truck Driver Meth Arrest (2-26-16)

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) arrested a truck driver for possession of methamphetamine while operating a commercial motor vehicle.

The vehicle was stopped Friday while the DMV was conducting a commercial vehicle safety check on U.S. Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

The DMV says James Estes, 46, of Evanston, Wyo., drove past the checkpoint and didn’t pull in as required at around 11:30 a.m. The vehicle was stopped and the DMV says several state and federal civil truck violations were found.

Estes was traveling with 58-year-old Michael Welch, also from Evanston.

After searching the vehicle, inspectors say they found a plastic jar containing marijuana, a beer can that was used as an apparatus to smoke marijuana with burnt marijuana residue on it, one plastic and one metal straw with a white powedery residue, a glass pipe with burnt methamphetamine, and a plastic jar containing methamphetamine.

Estes was not found to be under the influence during the traffic stop.

Estes was arrested and issued a citation on possession of methamphetamine charges. He was also placed on a 24 hour unable to drive a commercial motor vehicle, given two Vermont civil violation complaints for not maintaining a record of duty status and possession of drugs in a commercial motor vehicle.

Welch was issued a civil complaint for possession of marijuana.

J &M Transport LLC was also issued a Vermont civil violation for operating without operating authority as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The trailer was towed by DMV officials from the scene.

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