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Police find 100 pounds of marijuana

Nov 20, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Members of the Fairfield Police Department initiated a traffic stop at 8:41 p.m. Tuesday in the 600 block of Pleasant Plain Road and seized a significant amount of marijuana after the police department K-9 alerted on the vehicle.
Police obtained search warrants for a motor home parked on Waterworks Road leading to the Fairfield Water Department loading dock at Waterworks Park and 604 Royal Oakes.
Approximately 100 pounds of marijuana was seized and more than 5 grams of methamphetamine. Additional items will be sent to the Division of Criminal Investigations laboratory for testing.
Joel Bernards, 34, and his wife, Emily Bernards, 25, of Lower Lake, Calif., were arrested and jailed.
Both have been charged with possession with intent to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison; conspiracy to deliver more than 5 grams of methamphetamine within 1,000 feet of a park, a class B felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison; possession with intent to deliver less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison; conspiracy to deliver less than 50 kilograms of marijuana, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison; no Drug Tax Stamp, a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor punishable up to 30 days in jail and up to $625 in fines.
The investigation continues and may lead to additional arrests and charges being filed.
Robert and Judy Bernards, Joel Bernards’s parents, live at 604 Royal Oakes.
Cpt. Dave Thomas of the Fairfield Police Department said this was one of the biggest drug busts inside Fairfield. It’s the largest drug bust for K-9 officer Uno, a German shepherd on the force since February and Fairfield Police Department’s third K-9 unit.
Uno’s predecessor, Bonjour, tracked a suspect five miles in 2008, leading to the biggest narcotics find of 820 pounds of marijuana in neighboring Van Buren County.
A criminal charge is only an allegation. Defendants are presumed innocent until and if found guilty in a court of law.

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