Traffic stop leads to drug arrest in Colfax


    COLFAX, WA-Early Saturday morning Whitman County Sheriff deputies stopped a driver headed south in downtown Colfax.

    "Deputies were out on patrol noticed a vehicle having a difficult time staying within it's lane. They identified the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. That lead into a discussion about everyone’s age and whether they'd been using marijuana and if there were other narcotics in the vehicle," Sheriff Brett Myers said.

    The driver twenty-year-old Joseph Gurican -Defrancisco admitted to the deputy that he had mushrooms in the in the trunk of his car. Whitman County Sheriff's Office estimates it to be about a pound worth of mushrooms.

    "So, based on that information officers went ahead and applied for a search warrant to determine if there were illegal mushrooms psilocybin mushrooms in the back of the vehicle."

    Gurican-Defrancisco was booked into Whitman County jail for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver.

    Sheriff Brett Myers tells us Washington uses federal law when dealing with mushrooms.

    " Well they have a psychedelic property much like other illegal drugs. The value of it makes it a schedule one drug because there is no additional medical use for it."

    The passenger in the car was also arrested for two outstanding misdemeanor warrants and is being charged with possession of marijuana while being under the age of twenty-one.

    Gurican-Defrancisco will have his first appearance in Whitman County Superior Court Monday afternoon.

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