Traffic stop leads to massive pot bust

<font size="2">Joel Bernards, 34, and Emily Bernards, 25 of Lower Lake, California</font>


A California couple arrested on Tuesday in Fairfield, will make their next court appearance on November 26th.

Joel Lynn Bernards, 34, and his wife Emily Elaine Bernards were arrested after a traffic stop revealed the couple was carrying nearly one hundred pounds of marijuana and five grams of meth in their vehicle and motor home parked near the Fairfield water department.

The couple faces numerous felony drug charges, including possession with intent to deliver and conspiracy to deliver both marijuana and meth.

Their preliminary hearing in the matter is scheduled for 11 a.m. next Tuesday.

The meth charges alone could put the couple in jail for 25 years.

At this time both of the Bernards remain in custody in the Jefferson County Jail on $250,000 cash only bond.


A traffic stop in Fairfield has landed a California couple in jail.

Joel Bernards, 34, and his wife, Emily Bernards, 25, of Lower Lake, California face a variety of felony drug charges as a result of the traffic stop on the city's northeast side.

According to a statement released by Fairfield Police Lt. Colin Smith, just after 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, members of the Fairfield Police Department initiated a traffic stop in the 600 block of Pleasant Plain Road.

During the stop, the Fairfield P.D. K-9 unit alerted on the vehicle and a significant amount of marijuana was seized. Police then got a search warrant for a motor home parked on the road leading to the Fairfield Water Department. That search resulted in the seizure of additional illegal drugs.

All told, roughly 100 pounds of marijuana and over five grams of meth were seized.

The Bernards have both been charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver more than 5 Grams of Meth within 1000 feet of a park, Conspiracy to Deliver more than 5 grams of Meth, Possession with Intent to Deliver less than 50 kilos of Marijuana, and Conspiracy to Deliver less than 50 kilos of marijuana, as well as numerous lesser charges.

The Bernards face 25 years in prison on each of the meth charges, plus an additional five years on the pot charges.

The investigation is still on-going and more arrests and charges could be filed.