AUSTIN (KXAN) — A man hauling marijuana across the country for his nephew was stopped in Arizona but allowed to keep going, as long as he agreed to work with narcotics officers, an arrest affidavit said.
Steven Brevig was stopped in eastern Arizona for a traffic violation Tuesday. After a K-9 got a hit on the car, police searched the vehicle and found 50 pounds of marijuana hidden in an external gas tank, the document said.
Brevig told police he was to be paid $5,000 for transporting the drugs to Austin. The pot was removed from the truck and Brevig was allowed to continue on his way after he agreed to cooperate with the Austin Police Narcotics Unit, according to the affidavit.
When Brevig arrived in Austin on Wednesday, he met with police. Officers then placed 53 pounds of marijuana from an APD lab into the hidden tank, the document said.
Brevig then drove the truck to a hotel parking lot near Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 183 and called his nephew, 27-year-old Nicholas Brevig, the affidavit said.
A recorded conversation captured Nicholas Brevig talking about the trip and possible future runs to and from California if his uncle wanted to make some more money, the document said.
As Nicholas Brevig attempted to leave in the truck, members of the narcotics unit stopped and arrested him. He was charged with possessing more than 50 pounds of marijuana, but less than 2,000 pounds, a 2nd degree felony.
If convicted, he could spend up to 20 years in prison.