California Pair in Custody After Deputies Seize 14 Pounds of Meth

Two California residents were arrested after Campbell County Sheriffs Office (CCSO) deputies seized 14 pounds of suspected methamphetamine from their vehicle during a traffic stop early Saturday morning.

Ian Molina, 29, and Dyna Sum, 26, were arrested and charged with felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed on Sept. 28 in the Campbell County Circuit Court of the Sixth Judicial Court.

Ian Molina

The CCSO deputy pulled over the couple’s white 2020 Chevy Malibu at the intersection of West 4-J Road and Highway 50 while around 9 a.m. on Sept. 26. They were cited for two speeding violations, first going 57 mph in a 55-mph hour zone, then 49 mph in a posted 45-mph zone as they headed north into the city, per the affidavit.

Once pulled over, the driver, Molina, reportedly surrendered his license and rental agreement for the car, according to court documents. The couple allegedly told the deputy that they were on vacation, driving to South Dakota from Livermore, California. Molina was then cleared by dispatch for having a valid driver’s license and no outstanding warrants.

As the deputy was preparing to write Molina a warning, the K-9 conducted a free air sniff of the vehicle and gave a positive indication for narcotics, per the affidavit. When the deputy asked the pair if there were any controlled substances in the vehicle, Molina and Sum allegedly said no.

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Deputies then conducted a search of the interior of the vehicle, where they allegedly found $920 in cash as well as a duffel bag in the trunk, containing male clothing, a toiletry bag, a second duffel bag with female clothing, a makeup mirror cardboard box and a regular cardboard box.

Dyna Sum

Inside the makeup mirror box, deputies allegedly found five bags of suspected crystal methamphetamine in shrink wrapping. A search of the cardboard box  allegedly turned up seven additional bags of suspected meth in shrink wrapping, according to the affidavit. In total, deputies found 14 pounds of suspected crystal methamphetamine. The items and cash were seized as evidence.

Upon arrival to the Campbell County Detention Center, Molina was asked how he came into possession of 14 pounds of methamphetamine and advised deputies that he would like to speak to an attorney. Molina and Sum were charged with felony possession of crystal methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

The pair were arraigned on Sept 28, where they were given a “no plea” by the Circuit Court Judge, and a bond was set at $75,000 for each. At the time of reporting, both Molina and Sum were still incarcerated. A preliminary hearing has been set for Oct. 8.

If convicted, Molina and Sum could face up to 27 years in prison, $40,000 in fines or both.