Police Dispatch

Mission Accomplished

Foothills Beat

April 15, 1:44 a.m.

A marijuana-smoking man with a plan actually pulled it off—with a cop's help, no less—effectively trading marijuana for a ride home, according to a Pima County Sheriff's Department report.

A sheriff's deputy responded to a north-side Circle K convenience store, where staff said a strange man—who appeared to be under the influence of some type of drug—had been hanging out in the parking lot for quite some time, harassing customers long after 1 a.m. Specifically, the clerk on duty said, the man had been trying to get the customers to give him a ride to his home in exchange for a baggie of marijuana the man had in his possession. (There were apparently no takers.)

At one point the subject had allegedly entered the store and even jumped over the counter to "bother" the clerk.

When the reporting deputy arrived in scene, the subject walked right up to him, just as he'd allegedly been doing to others in the parking lot—"telling (the deputy) that he wanted to trade his marijuana for a ride to his house."

When the deputy responded, "What did you say?" the subject tried to clarify his intent, adding apologetically that he "did not have his marijuana card with him either."

The subject said he had his marijuana with him right there in his "pussy pocket" (which was his term for the small pocket in the front of his jeans, he explained, otherwise known as a watch or change pocket).

Asking if the man was on any drugs, he replied, "Just weed," repeating that he needed to be driven home but had no money—only marijuana—to offer as payment.

Since he didn't have any warrants (but neither could he show that his marijuana was legal) the officer wrote him a ticket. After a little more begging from the subject, he also agreed to drive him home—confiscating the man's marijuana as evidence.

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