The man arrested after being pulled over with more than 50 pounds of marijuana asked to be released without bond Wednesday so he could make it to his cancer surgery next week.
Travis Sean Tubert Jackson, 39, was denied release without bond after Justice of the Peace David Carter said the charges against him were too concerning to warrant the request. Carter held Jackson in place of a $10,000 bond.
Jackson was charged with two felony counts of criminal possession with intent to distribute and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia. Jackson's attorney, Timothy Baldwin, asked the court to release Jackson so he could travel to Seattle for cancer surgery. Jackson had no felony history and has lived at the same address in Washington for 13 years.
Jackson has no ties to the Billings community, however, Carter said. The amount of drugs allegedly being carried by Jackson also concerned Carter.
Jackson was arrested Tuesday while traveling east on Interstate 90, near the exit for King Avenue West. A Montana Highway Patrol Trooper pulled over Jackson for driving 11 miles over the posted speed limit, court documents state. Jackson told the trooper he was driving from Washington to Wisconsin and Minnesota. The trooper asked Jackson to answer more questions, at which point Jackson "gave some vague answers" about having a medical marijuana card, according to court documents.
The trooper asked if he could search Jackson's rental car, and Jackson said no. Another trooper had his K-9 check Jackson's car and the dog picked up the odor of drugs, according to court documents.
Jackson was held while troopers obtained a search warrant from Yellowstone County Judge Mary Jane Knisely. The troopers found nearly 50 pounds of marijuana in three sealed bags, 28 syringes containing butane hash oil, 36 packages of hashish and another 28 grams of marijuana. A compressed puck-shaped material that smelled like marijuana was also found, according to charging documents.
Troopers confiscated the drugs and $2,087 in cash. MHP has taken the cash as evidence and requested it be forfeited if it is proven the money was connected to drug distribution.