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California man arrested after sheriff’s deputies find over $150K worth of marijuana in vehicle in Fox Lake

Eusvaldo Valenzuela-Gaxiola
Eusvaldo Valenzuela-Gaxiola

A California man has been arrested after he was found with nearly 50 pounds of marijuana in his car after a traffic stop in Fox Lake.

On Friday two Lake County Sheriff’s deputies seized nearly 50 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Route 59 and Devlin Road in Fox Lake.

Sheriff’s deputies conducted the traffic stop on the vehicle because it didn’t have any visible registration, officials said.

Lake County Sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Covelli said that during the course of the traffic stop the sheriff’s deputies smelled an odor of marijuana. Sheriff’s deputies then conducted a search of the vehicle and located over 49 pounds, which is over 22,000 grams, of packaged marijuana.

Authorities said that the street value of the packaged marijuana is estimated at $150,000.

The driver, Eusvaldo Valenzuela-Gaxiola, 39, of Tulare, California, was also found to be in possession of cocaine, sheriff’s officials said.

He was arrested and transported to the Lake County Jail where he was charged with cannabis trafficking (Class X felony), delivery of cannabis (Class X felony), possession of cannabis (Class 1 felony), possession of a controlled substance (Class 4 felony), and two traffic related offenses (misdemeanors).

Valenzuela-Gaxiola remains held at the Lake County Jail on a $2 million bond. He is next due in court on August 28 at 1:30 p.m. in courtroom C-120.


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