Drug Law

Pot Wrapped as Christmas Presents; Man, Young Sons Arrested

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

Police in Idaho got a surprise during a routine traffic stop -- they found three pounds of marijuana wrapped as Christmas presents. The driver was arrested, as were his two young sons, surprisingly.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports that on December 22 police pulled over a car for tailgating. When the officer approached the car he said he smelled marijuana.

"When I made contact at the window, the odor increased its potency," the deputy wrote in his report.

Police asked the driver, 36-year-old Jason Palmer, to exit the car. The Washington resident told the officer that he had a medical marijuana card and had a small amount of "medicine" in the car.

The officer then noticed several wrapped Christmas presents in the car. When he asked what was inside, Palmer said "sweaters.

The cop was suspicious and called for a drug-sniffing dog, which found 3.3 pounds of marijuana in the boxes.

Palmer was arrested and charged with felony trafficking in marijuana. Palmer's 12 and 14-year-old sons were also arrested and charged with "frequenting," which has to do with knowingly being in a place with illegal drugs.

Palmer, who has no criminal record, is free on $20,000 bond.