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Person calling 911 gets busted for five trash bags of weed

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Dumpster weed worth $402,000 was discovered by the police

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A man who was none-too-thrilled that two others in his car were packing pot called 911 and later hung up, resulting in police responding to the location and finding 38 kilograms of illegal cannabis.

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According to WTAJ, state police say two of the men appeared to be trying to hide the booty behind a dumpster at a Marathon gas station in Breezewood, Penn. on Jan. 13 when they got nabbed.

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Both aged 29, the two men were said to be standing near duffle bags in the parking lot when the police arrived.

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Reportedly providing troopers with a green light to search the bags, the officers say they discovered cannabis in vacuum-sealed bags, although the amount was not specified, as well as five trash bags hidden behind a dumpster. The latter contained just shy of 38 kg of cannabis with an estimated street value of US$300,000 ($402,000).

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Recreational cannabis still off-limits in Pennsylvania

Both medicinal and recreational cannabis is now legal in New York State, but not in Pennsylvania. While medical marijuana has been okayed for qualified patients who have state medical marijuana cards and a prescription, adult-use weed remains illegal.

“The rapidly shifting attitudes nationally have created a situation in which Pennsylvania begins to stand out for having no level of legalization, decriminalization or regulation,” per The Philadelphia Inquirer. A CBS poll last fall indicated that 66 per cent of registered voters support legalizing adult-use bud.

Upon investigating, troopers ran into a tale of he said, he said, he said since, as reported by WTAJ, police apparently got conflicting stories from the trio.

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A 30-year-old is said to have called 911 and told police he had asked two others with weed in the car to get out, but they refused.

One of the 29-year-olds found near the duffle bags, the one who had been driving the car, later agreed to meet with officers. A search warrant was obtained and upon checking out the vehicle, police found US$120,000 ($160,800) in counterfeit currency in multiple duffle bags.

Intent to deliver charges laid

The driver has been charged with forgery and possession with intent to deliver, while the other 29-year-old and the man who called 911 face one count apiece of possession with intent to deliver.

That charge may kick in if a person is found in possession of more than 30 grams of cannabis, notes information from West Chester University. “The delivery, possession with intent to deliver or ‘manufacture’ (cultivation) of marijuana is an ungraded felony in Pennsylvania punishable by up to five years in prison and a US$15,000 ($20,100) fine,” according to Super Lawyers.

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Trash bags a common hiding spot for cannabis

The incident is hardly the first time that troopers have discovered ganja in garbage bags.

In 2016, Maryland State Police arrested a Connecticut man after reportedly finding five trash bags stuffed with 56 kilograms of cannabis, valued at US$620,000 ($830,800), in his car, per WJLA.

While Maryland has since legalized adult-use weed, effective this July 1, adults 21 or older can only legally possess and consume up to 1.5 ounces (43 grams) of cannabis flower, 12 grams of concentrated cannabis or a total amount of cannabis products that does not exceed 750 mg THC, according to the state government.

Three years later in Washington State, a clean-up crew found trash bags of marijuana and trimmings along an interstate, sparking a cheeky tweet from state police welcoming the owner of the discarded bud to give officers a call, YakTriNews reported. Both medicinal and recreational cannabis is legal.

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Earlier this year in Oregon, an Oregon State Police trooper noticing many traffic violations stopped a suspicious vehicle pulling a large cargo trailer. Determining there was sufficient grounds for a search, ABC News 4 reports police did the check, which revealed about 350 garbage bags of dried cannabis.

Again, both medical and adult-use cannabis is legal in the state.

Closer to home in 2020, a Hamilton, Ont. man was charged with cannabis offences after the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to an odour complaint and found 70 garbage bags of suspected cannabis plants weighing about 517 kg inside a rented van.

Get rid of weed before calling 911

And calling 911, either intentionally or unintentionally, has also bagged its fair share of illegal cannabis. Sometimes, the amount in question is small, including when OPP got a 911 call from a teen who claimed his mother had stolen his cannabis, or the Florida man who repeatedly called local police to tell them his roommate had dipped into his stash.

A considerably bigger stash was found in early 2021 when a man in Albany, N.Y. called 911 to report a robbery in progress at his home, but apparently forgot to get rid of the 23 kilograms of cannabis he had before police arrived to investigate.

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