Police: Pot seized in roadside drug investigation on tour bus

Chief: Blue Mounds police stopped bus for alleged traffic violations, leading to drug investigation

Police said pot was seized from a touring band’s bus Wednesday morning during a roadside drug investigation.

Blue Mounds police Chief Andy Rose said a bus carrying a touring band was stopped on suspicion of traffic violations at about 9:25 a.m.

Officers said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the bus, and a Dane County Sheriff’s K-9 was brought to the scene. The K-9 alerted to several areas of the bus indicating drug presence, Rose said.

There were 13 people on the bus including the driver, he said.

Police seized marijuana and related drug paraphernalia, Rose said. There were other substances reportedly found on the bus that police suspect are drugs pending testing.

Police tweeted an advisory about the lane closure at 10:19 a.m. The part of the road closed is on Highway 18-151 at the Dane County and Iowa County line. Police were still investigating at about 12:30 p.m. Police expected to clear the scene at about 1 p.m., Rose added.

Rose said the band is not a headlining group and would share more details later.