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What smells like pot and dryer sheets? Well—pot and dryer sheets

San Bernardino County Sun

The driver of a Ford Aerostar appeared lost, perhaps confused.

“He was making U-turns looking for I don’t know what,” said Rialto police Sgt. Andrew Karol. Officers with the Multiple Enforcement Team were on their way back from Fontana [California] on Tuesday after completing some investigations when they spotted the van on Valley Boulevard west of Hemlock Avenue.

weed-plants.jpgThe driver seemed directionless and at one point almost struck a center divider, Karol said. Rialto police Sgt. Randy DeAnda and Officer Aaron Vigil decided to make a traffic stop and question the nervous driver, later identified as Jerald Thompson, 36.

“You could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the van,” Karol said. “That’s when he said, ‘You don’t have to look any further. It’s full of marijuana.’ ”

The van was carrying 857 pounds of marijuana packed with green plastic wrap into huge bricks. Those bricks were tightly jammed into packing boxes with foam popcorn, glue and scented dryer sheets, Karol said. Karol guessed the sheets were an attempt to disguise the marijuana’s pungent odor.

“Instead it smelled like marijuana and dryer sheets,” Karol said.

July 28, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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