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State patrol comes up empty after searching semitrailer

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Kevin Hoffman
September 17, 2010
— State and local authorities found nothing illegal after searching a semitrailer Friday traveling from Miami to Minnesota.

Inspectors stopped the semitrailer truck at about 12:30 p.m. at a weigh station on Interstate 90/39, south of Janesville. Wisconsin State Patrol Sgt. Gary Bauer said inspectors found several inconsistencies with the truck and what the driver told them.


A K-9 unit indicated the truck might be transporting drugs, Bauer said. It was brought to J & W Transfer and Storage, Inc., on Court Street, where officers unloaded the trailer.


Bauer said the boxes werenít on pallets, and State Patrol sometimes uses the Janesville business to help unload trailers.


Many of the boxes were torn and held together with duct tape. Bauer said the truck was carrying personal belongings from several people.


A Janesville police K-9 checked the boxes as State Patrol removed items like blankets and clothing from others.


Officers didnít find any drugs after six hours of investigation, Bauer said.


But the driver wasnít off the hook; State Patrol removed the truck from service for brake violations, Bauer said. The driver had to fix the problems before leaving.



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