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Man's ploy to flush over 20 kilograms of cannabis down the toilet leads him straight to jail

Jul 7, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Officers also found 21 kilograms of weed, additional bags of prepackaged marijuana, a handgun and over $16K in cash.

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A Georgia man in his early 40s found out it’s not so easy to flush evidence down the toilet after police have arrived, especially if that stash happens to be almost 23 kilograms of cannabis.

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Members of the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force of the U.S. Marshals Service were serving several arrest warrants on the man on July 5 when they discovered him trying to flush a large quantity of weed down the toilet.

With medicinal marijuana legal for certain health conditions, but recreational cannabis is still forbidden, in the state, task force members called for some local help from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO).

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Upon arrival, members of BCSO’s Special Investigations Unit received the greenlight to search both the residence and the man’s rental vehicle.

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They found about 21 kilograms of cannabis inside the home, as well as additional bags of prepackaged weed, a handgun and $16,380 in cash, according to the BCSO.

The discovery earned the man a trip to the local jail, where the man was arrested on the warrants served by task force members, which included two counts of possession of cannabis with the intent to distribute, one count of possession of a firearm during commission to commit certain felonies, one felony count of fleeing or eluding a police officer and one felony probation violation.

Police image of confiscated drugs. /
Police image of confiscated drugs. / Photo by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

As for the toilet-stuffing incident, BCSO investigators had warrants issued on charges of trafficking marijuana, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

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The maximum penalty for cannabis trafficking, which is a felony, when involving 4.5 to 907 kilograms of weed, “requires at least a five-year prison sentence” and a fine of $130,000, per Lawson & Berry law firm.

As of mid-week, BCSO reported the accused was being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center without bond.

The man’s bold bid to send cannabis flower down the tubes, though, pales in comparison to the efforts of a U.K. man in 2021 who tried to flush whole plants. With cops already at his door — and recreational cannabis illegal in the country — the suspect was reportedly desperately trying to get rid of multiple plants, but was unable to get the job done because the pipes quickly clogged.

Cannabis and cash found after executing warrant. /
Cannabis and cash found after executing warrant. / Photo by Bibb County Sheriff’s Office

Of course, even that was a better idea than the Ohio man who tried to get rid of evidence by wolfing down weed after being stopped by a police officer. Unfortunately, the man began to choke and needed the fast-reacting cop to perform the Heimlich manoeuvre to get him breathing comfortably again.

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Toilets have also proved unreliable vehicles for smuggling cannabis, although in a New Zealand case two years ago, it also didn’t help to detail the plan to hide weed and other drugs in the cistern of a toilet at Hawke’s Bay prison via text.

And in October 2020, border patrol officers in Texas thought something stunk about a shipment manifested as porcelain pots. Taking a closer look, they found that hidden within the commodes was just shy of 6,000 kilograms of cannabis with an estimated street value of about $3.6 million.

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