Truck Driver Arrested During State’s “Largest Marijuana Trafficking Seizure”
Boise, Idaho – Truck driver Denis V. Palamarchuk, 36, from Portland, Oregon was arrested earlier this month in what the Idaho State Police (ISP) are calling the “largest trafficking seizure” of marijuana “in recent memory.”
Palamarchuck’s tractor-trailer was stopped at the East Boise Port of Entry January 24. According to ISP the truck’s paperwork described the load as “industrial hemp.”
An ISP release said the trooper became suspicious the load was not industrial hemp due to the trooper’s “training and experience.” Upon searching the trailer, troopers reported discovery of 31 large bags of marijuana totaling 6,700 pounds.
ISP said a sample of the cargo is being laboratory-tested in order to confirm the entire contents of the load is marijuana. “This is the largest Idaho State Police trafficking seizure of this type in any present-day trooper’s memory,” said Colonel Kedrick Wills, ISP director.
Previously, the largest marijuana bust in Idaho was in 2018 when 2,131 pounds were found. Palamarchuk posted $100,000 bail and is out on bond.