July 7, 2010 in City

Border agents find pot, arrest driver

By The Spokesman-Review

A Canadian truck driver was arrested at an Avista Utilities power plant in Ferry County with 300 pounds of marijuana on Friday.

Matthew G. Tutt, 31, appeared in U.S. District Court in Spokane on Tuesday after border agents found the marijuana in a load of wood chips he drove to the power plant in Kettle Falls.

Tutt, a trucker with Middleton Trucking in Maple Ridge, B.C., had five wooden crates in the wood chips that contained marijuana in heat-sealed bags, according to court documents.

Border agents from the crossing at Laurier, Wash., had traveled to the biomass facility with Tutt to watch him unload the truck Friday afternoon.

Tutt remains in the Spokane County Jail.

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