December 29, 2011 in City, Idaho

Man arrested with marijuana wrapped as gifts

Associated Press
 

A man who works at a hydroponics supply store in north Spokane faces felony marijuana trafficking charges after an officer found 3.3 pounds of marijuana wrapped up as Christmas gifts during a traffic stop in North Idaho.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports 36-year-old Jason D. Palmer of Springdale, Wash., was arrested Dec. 22 as he returned from a trip to Montana.

Kootenai County sheriff’s officials say Palmer was stopped east of Coeur d’Alene because his vehicle was repeatedly changing lanes and following other drivers too closely. The officer said he smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

The officer said Palmer told him he was a medical marijuana card holder and had a small amount of “medicine” in the vehicle. He told the officer the packages contained sweaters.

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