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That’s Not a Brownie

Lt. David Campbell was on patrol in downtown Juneau, Alaska, when he smelled marijuana. When he investigated, he discovered a 24-year-old man allegedly eating a joint he had been smoking. That man, whose name is not being released, is now facing much worse charges. “People don’t understand that having the marijuana is a class ‘B’ misdemeanor, which is like one step above running a red light,” Campbell said. “Then when they destroy it, and they’re tampering with physical evidence, [and] that’s a higher charge.” If he’d been caught and convicted with the pot, he would have been charged with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the sixth-degree, with a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. He’s now charged with tampering with physical evidence — a class “C” felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. (MS/Juneau Empire) ...That’s a lot harder to swallow.
Original Publication Date: 09 September 2012
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 19.

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