Donald Gayetsky arrested with 736 lbs of marijuana

The West Tennessee Violent Crime and Drug Task Force interdicted a large quantity of marijuana during a traffic stop Monday on Interstate 40 which led to the arrest of a Florida man for a felony drug charge.

Donald Gayetsky, 62 years old, of Jacksonville, Florida, was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) with intent to manufacture, deliver or sell. The amount of marijuana seized makes this charge a class A felony, which carries a standard sentence of 15-25 years in prison. Gayetsky is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $5 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned on January 23.

Special Agent Jason Moore who is assigned to the Drug Task Force's Interstate Interdiction Unit by the Memphis Police Department on Wednesday afternoon seized 736 pounds of marijuana from a Ford E-350 motor home that Gayetsky was driving on eastbound Interstate 40 near Airline Road. Special Agent Moore had stopped the motor home for following a tractor trailer too closely. During the traffic stop, a narcotics detection dog positively responded to the presence of a narcotic odor inside the motor home. Special Agent Moore further searched the vehicle and found 53 green plastic-wrapped bundles of marijuana inside a hidden compartment under a motor home bed and an additional five bundles of the drug in an overhead compartment. The marijuana has a retail value of up to $1,000 per pound.

Source: Shelby County District Attorney General

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