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Another criminal genius

Today's checklist: 1) Put five pounds of pot in car, 2) Make sure car has no observable defects, 3) Be careful to observe all traffic laws and do nothing to arouse suspicion. Whoops!

Indiana State Police stopped a driver Monday night for a headlight violation and found five pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.

At 10:10 pm Monday night, Trooper Jay Anspach stopped a vehicle at the corner of Hillegas Road and Jefferson Boulevard.

During the traffic stop, the trooper smelled marijuana coming from the car. Jerry W. Barker, 41 of Fort Wayne had been allegedly smoking a "joint" while he was driving and when he was stopped, he tried to hid it under his floor mat.

After taking Barker into custody and during his inventory of the vehicle pursuant to an impound, police discovered a plastic Walt Disney Tinkerbell bag in the back seat with five one-gallon plastic bags packed full of marijuana. It was estimated that each bag weighed approximately one pound.

A Tinkerbell bag. They should add that to the charges against Barker.


Bob G.
Wed, 04/28/2010 - 9:15am

This is as good as the story a couple years ago about the guy pulled over that had a POLICE SCANNER ON (loud enough for the officer to hear)...AND had drugs in the vehicle.
That was also funny.
Glad THIS latest perp didn't have motor oil and a hammer to go with that Tinkerbell bag, though...right?

So many idiots...so few awards, eh?

Still, a damn fine collar by the ISP!
Congrats, people.

Thu, 04/29/2010 - 7:15am

It was a pointless collar. I would much rather share the road with a pot smoker than with a guy who's just downed a six-pack. Stoned drivers white-knuckle it at 20 mph, convinced they're doing 100. Drunks tend to do the opposite.
And Tinkerbell's not so bad. It could have been a Hello Kitty. That should carry the death penalty.

tim zank
Thu, 04/29/2010 - 8:59am

littlejohn Says:

April 29th, 2010 at 8:15 am
It was a pointless collar.

I assume had he not been stopped and arrested and proceeded two more miles and then run over a 5 year old kid because he was buzzed up and had a headlight out, you'd have the same cavalier attitude?