There are 2,782 miles between Redding, Calif., and Eldersburg, Md. Robert Alan Tryson covered all but about 60 miles of that journey before he was pulled over in a rented Cadillac loaded with 104 pounds of marijuana.
Tryson, 44, of Eldersburg was in Washington County Circuit Court Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Tryson to one year and one day in prison. In exchange for the plea, charges of importing marijuana into the state, possession of a large amount of marijuana and possession of marijuana were dismissed, according to court records.
Tryson was eastbound on Interstate 70 on Nov. 1 when a Maryland state trooper pulled him over doing 73 mph in a 65 mph zone, according to the statement of probable cause.
The trooper called for a K-9 unit to scan the car, which resulted in the discovery of duffel bags filled with 91 heat-sealed, plastic packages of marijuana, the documents said.
The marijuana had a street value of more than $500,000, the charging documents said.
After the sentencing, Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the Washington County Narcotics Task Force, said police were aware that Tryson would be coming through the area because of a larger investigation.
Tryson, the director of credit operations for a consumer electronics company, was transporting the marijuana for another person, Veil said.
He had no previous criminal record and cooperated with police following his arrest, Veil said.