A man traveling through Billings on a commercial bus has been charged with possessing about three-quarters of a pound of marijuana labeled with names like "Dez bud" and "Barry White."
Jason Christopher Careaga, 32, was charged Tuesday in Yellowstone County District Court with felony criminal possession with intent to distribute.
Careaga appeared before Judge Russell Fagg by video from the county jail and pleaded not guilty. Bond was set at $15,000.
According to court records, Billings police officers were called to the Greyhound Bus Depot on May 1 at about 9:30 p.m. to check on a man lying in the street. The man was taken to Billings Clinic.
About an hour later, hospital staff called police to report the man had a large amount of marijuana in a backpack. An officer who arrived at the hospital said he could smell marijuana when he entered the emergency room.
Careaga told officers he was traveling from Washington state to Minnesota by bus and he had a Washington medical-marijuana card. Prosecutors said no record could be found to verify that Careaga was issued a medical-marijuana card.
Careaga was arrested after officers searched his backpack and found several baggies of marijuana totaling 342 grams. Some of the marijuana was in bags labeled "Barry White," "Headband 707," "Dez bud," and "Purple Ele."