Thursday, May 23, 2024

A bust Monday turned up 45 pounds of marijuana, nearly $4,000 in cash and other tools of a drug-dealing operation. (Photo: Cambridge Police Department)

A Utah man drew suspicion Monday trying to claim large boxes holding 45 pounds of marijuana from the offices of a hotel where he wasn’t even a guest, ending the day arrested, police said.

Instead off handing over the boxes to the man, hotel staff contacted police, said Jeremy Warnick, director of communications and media relations for Cambridge police. That sent the man running into fleeing into a stairwell, which gave him access to a parking garage. When officers arrived at the Memorial Drive hotel, two did a level-by-level search of the garage and eventually found Stanley Suojanen, 39, hiding in the back of a rental car under a cover.

As of Monday evening it wasn’t clear if the man was using his own rental car to hide, whether he was acting alone or how exactly the scheme worked to draw from his home in Cedar Hills, Utah.

A search of three boxes turned up more than multiple bags of marijuana, estimated to have a street value between $75,000 and $100,000 – the boxes also held nearly $4,000 in cash, four cellphones, several keys and a prepaid debit card were recovered, Warnick said.

Suojanen faces charge of Possession to Distribute a Class D Drug.

He was also arrested in 2007 driving through Nebraska in a camper stuffed with nearly a ton of marijuana – 93 bales, some of which were wrapped like presents, with an estimated street value of about $3 million, according to ABC News.