Man arrested in McCook County with marijuana, hash oil

South Dakota Highway Patrol. (Republic file photo)

SALEM -- A Minneapolis man has been charged with driving butane hash oil and two pounds of marijuana through McCook County.

At 4:13 p.m. on June 27, a South Dakota Highway Patrol officer was running radar at mile marker 366 on Interstate 90 when he observed an eastbound vehicle traveling 84 mph, according to court documents.

The officer pulled over the vehicle, driven by 22-year-old Riley McCollum, who reportedly had a suspended Minnesota driver's license. The vehicle allegedly smelled like marijuana, and McCollum said he had last smoked marijuana a few days prior in Minnesota.

A probable cause search of the vehicle reportedly yielded a vaporizer with a cartridge of butane hash oil (BHO) in it. Under a false floor in the back of the vehicle, the officer allegedly found two garbage bags containing four vacuum-sealed bags, two filled with marijuana and two containing BHO.

In total, there were about two pounds of marijuana and 104 grams of BHO in the garbage bags, and McCollum reportedly admitted ownership immediately.


McCollum is charged with possession with intent to distribute one pound or more of marijuana, a Class 3 felony; possession of one to 10 pounds of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance in schedule I with intent to distribute, both of which are Class 4 felonies; possession of a controlled substance in schedule I, a Class 5 felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license, both of which are Class 2 misdemeanors.

If convicted on all charges, he could be sentenced to more than 40 years in prison.

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