Traffic stop yields drugs, illegal firearm

December 28, 2016

A routine traffic stop resulted in the arrest of a Scotts Bluff County man for possession of psychedelic mushrooms, marijuana and a modified shotgun.

According to an arrest affidavit, a Scottsbluff Police Department officer stopped Douglas R. Bolzer, 55, Monday for traveling 60 mph in a posted 45 mph zone in Scottsbluff at East 27th Street and Highway 26. An officer involved in the stop allegedly smelled illegal narcotics and observed a white canister on the passenger seat labeled Choice Organics.

Choice Organics is a recreational marijuana dispensary in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Bolzer was subsequently removed from the vehicle and SBPD officers began searching his vehicle. They immediately observed numerous firearms, bags and tools in the vehicle. They also located a black pouch containing several syringes and a spoon with a white substance, which was later determined to be methamphetamine residue.

The pouch also contained a shotgun with a barrel that had been shortened to 16 inches. The affidavit did not specify the shotgun’s gauge.

A search of the driver’s side door yielded a pipe that smelled of marijuana along with a plastic bag containing about a half-gram of green leafy substance which later tested presumptive positive for marijuana. Law enforcement also found a blue plastic container that contained 3.91 grams of psilocybin, which is the active component in psychedelic mushrooms, according to the affidavit..

Bolzer was arrested and transported to the Scotts Bluff County Jail without incident. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday afternoon.