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Suspected marijuana found after traffic stop

January 24, 2008

CARLISLE, Pa. - A man driving a truck tractor Thursday morning had a large quantity of marijuana and fled in a stolen vehicle after being stopped by police, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Police were still looking for the man late Thursday. The man was described as black, 6 feet 6 inches tall and thin.

A Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program team, including a trooper and a civilian enforcement officer, stopped a truck tractor for vehicle violations, police said. The truck was stopped on northbound U.S. 81 near the exit for Hanover Street in Middleton Township, Pa.

Police said the driver was acting suspiciously and there were problems with the vehicle's paperwork. A drug-sniffing dog was sent to the scene.

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When police told the man that he was being detained, he struggled with troopers and was able to get away, police said. After a short foot chase, the man stole a vehicle from a home near Rillo's Restaurant at 60 Pine St. in Carlisle.

Police said the man fled, and the investigation was continuing.

After searching the truck tractor, police said they found a large quantity of suspected marijuana.

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