By Patti Weaver

 

  (Stillwater, Okla.)  — A 54-year-old man from Stockton, Cal, who was arrested on Highway 51 by Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ryan Long, has been ordered to appear in court on Oct. 3 when he can seek a preliminary hearing on a Payne County charge of trafficking 360.8 pounds of marijuana in Stillwater.
    Xin Sun was arraigned before a Payne County judge on Aug. 17 with an attorney and interpreter, court records show. Sun had been released from jail on $100,000 bail on a drug trafficking charge punishable on conviction by a prison term ranging from 10 years to life and a fine of $25,000 to $100,000.
    The trooper, who is a nationally certified drug recognition expert, was patrolling the area of Highway 51 and Tan-Tar-A Road in rural Stillwater at 12:05 pm on Aug. 7 when he pulled over a U haul truck on a traffic stop for exceeding the speed limit, his affidavit alleged.
    As the trooper got near the rear cargo area of the truck, he could smell the odor of marijuana, his affidavit alleged. When the trooper asked Sun what was in the back of the U haul, “Sun stated that it was furniture,” the affidavit alleged.
    After the trooper asked Sun to open the cargo area of the U haul, he “immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the cargo area and observed many large brown moving types of boxes,” his affidavit alleged.
    The trooper “opened one of the boxes and observed several individually packaged vacuum sealed plastic bags, each containing a green leafy substance with the odor of marijuana,” the affidavit alleged.
    Using a translator app, the trooper advised Sun of his Miranda rights, which Sun said he understood, the affidavit alleged.
    Asked if he had a marijuana transportation license, Sun “stated that he did not,” the affidavit alleged.
    “Sun stated that he was being paid to transport this large amount of marijuana from Stillwater to Oklahoma City, but that he did not know that address.
    “Sun stated that his boss was supposed to give him the address once he got to Oklahoma City.
    “Sun could not give Long his boss’s name nor tell Long where he worked,” the affidavit alleged.
    When the trooper asked Sun why he had told him that the marijuana was furniture, “Sun did not respond,” the affidavit alleged.
    After Sun was arrested at 12:30 pm and taken to the Payne County Jail, “Long transported the 14 boxes of marijuana to a secure storage facility at the OHP Training Center in Oklahoma City. A total of 14 boxes housing 295 individual bundles with a combined weight of approximately 360.8 lbs. was recorded,” the affidavit alleged.
    According to court records, that amount was almost 15 times more than the 25-pound requirement for a marijuana trafficking charge.