Crime

Police: Man Stole Valuable Diamond, Traded It For Weed

| by Michael Howard
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An Arizona man reportedly stole a valuable diamond and then traded it for a bag of marijuana.

Walter Earl Morrison, who was 20 when the incident occurred in 2014, allegedly stole a gem worth $160,000 from a UPS cargo plane and swapped it for $20 worth of drugs.

Morrison was an employee for UPS at the time, according to KNXV. He was reportedly unloading the plane at Sky Harbor Airport when he hid a package that he thought contained money under his shirt. He later discovered it contained a diamond.

"Any single stone worth over $100,000 is an expensive stone," House of Diamonds owner Brent Taubman told KNXV.

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But instead of cashing it in, Morrison decided to use the gem to secure $20 worth of weed, which equates to about two joints, according to ABC News.

The diamond was eventually recovered and sent to its rightful owner, a UPS representative told KNXV, adding that Morrison's employment with UPS was terminated following the incident.

Police charged Morrison with felony theft. 

Sources: ABC News, KNXV / Photo credit: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via ABC News

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