A 34-year-old Bend man has been arrested and charged with felony marijuana possession after a traffic stop led to massive pot seizure at a Bend storage facility.
According to police, Mark Wirges Jr. was driving with a suspended license when he was pulled over for a traffic violation in the area of Hwy. 97 and Deschutes Market Junction Thursday afternoon. Police found more than an ounce of marijuana on Wirges, as well as evidence that he had a storage unit in Bend. A subsequent investigation and search by Deschutes County Sheriff’s Deputies, along with the city of Bend and the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement (CODE) team turned up 62 pounds of packed marijuana.Wirges has arrested on charges of illegal possession, delivery and manufacture of marijuana.
If you're saying to yourself, 'Wow that sounds like a lot of weed." Well, you're right. And we'll try to put it in perspective with a little back of the napkin math. Let's say that a joint is half a gram, give or take. There are 28 grams in an ounce and there are 16 ounces in pound and 64 pounds in Mark's duffel bags. (28x16x64x2=57,300). That's 57,ooo! Yes Thousand! joints. So, yeah, it's a lot of weed.
Let's just have a moment of silence before it gets lobbed into an incinerator like a pile of garbage. Good by, dank weed. We hardly knew ye.