Oregon truck driver agrees to plea deal in Idaho hemp charge

Prosecutors in Idaho say they've reached a plea deal with an Oregon truck driver who faced felony charges for driving a truckload of hemp through the state.

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 10:32 AM

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Prosecutors in Idaho say they've reached a plea deal with an Oregon truck driver who faced felony charges for driving a truckload of hemp through the state.

The Ada County Prosecutor's office said 36-year-old Denis Palamarchuk of Portland, Oregon has agreed to plead guilty to hauling an improperly permitted load, a misdemeanor. In exchange prosecutors are dropping felony trafficking charges and will ask that most of his jail time be suspended.


READ: Test shows police in Idaho seized hemp, not marijuana


Idaho State Police troopers stopped Palamarchuk along Interstate 84, and they arrested him after they found the semi-truck he was driving was carrying several thousand pounds of hemp for Montana-based Big Sky Scientific. Idaho's anti-marijuana laws are so broadly written that they include hemp, even though hemp is broadly used for industrial and manufacturing purposes and does not contain enough psychoactive THC to get a person high.


READ: Pot or hemp? Local police lack technology to tell the difference


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