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Who’s a good boy? That drug-sniffing dog from Nashville, Tennessee who sniffed out 87 pounds of weed inside some luggage from an SFO inbound flight and didn’t smoke any of it.
It is actually legal to fly on a
commercial flight with marijuana — providing that you are flying in-state
within California only, and your cannabis stash is one ounce (28.5 grams) or
less. Once you cross state lines with cannabis, you are committing a felony.
And you certainly don’t want to take an approximate quarter of a million
dollars street value worth of marijuana into Tennessee, one of only eight
remaining U.S. states where no form of marijuana is legal at all, not even
medical marijuana, as they will throw the book at you if a German Shepherd
smells your 87 pounds with of kind bud.
Reader, that is precisely what is
alleged to have happened to local 26-year-old Julian Gioffre, as KRON4 picks up
the story of 87 pounds of marijuana found in that luggage Nashville airport
police say was registered to him. According to the report that originated from
Nashville’s WKRN, “Airport police said a drug dog alerted officers Monday
evening to two bags on a flight from San Francisco. Officers located the owner
of the bags, identified in a warrant as Jullian Gioffre. The 26-year-old gave
consent to search the luggage but said the bags were locked and he did not have
the key, according to police.
“The bags were eventually opened
by TSA, a warrant states. Inside, police said they found two bales of marijuana
that weighed approximately 87 pounds.”
It’s difficult to say what the
street value of that much weed would be in Tennessee, where all marijuana is
illegal. But on San Francisco dispensary shelves, an ounce goes for about $200.
Factoring that into 87 pounds worth, you’re looking at $278,400 worth of pot by
our prices. Gioffre is also alleged to have had “Thirty-four grams of THC
gummies” in his backpack, which at $20 for 100 mg, that’s about another $6,800
worth, give or take.
Gioffre was arrested, charged,
and booked on drug charges and placed in a Metropolitan Nashville Police
Department jail, with his bail set at $75,000.
Just last week, the same
Nashville airport had an 85-pound marijuana bust from a flight originating in
Los Angeles. These two big busts in a week may be a coincidence, but it’s reasonable
to suspect a pattern. Now that any old stoner can walk into a dispensary and
buy cannabis here, the illegal market in California is less lucrative. But that
same underground-market weed can still draw a handsome price in states like
Alabama or South Carolina where the underground market is still king, so the
sensible move for illicit wholesalers is to ship or fly their ganja to dealers
in those states.
Just know that law enforcement
won’t look kindly at your 87 pounds of smuggled marijuana.
In addition to FREE masks to fight COVID-19 we also have FREE rides to Metro booking when K-9 Havoc smells you landing at BNA. Come on man, pack your music, your guitar and your songs when flying into @Fly_Nashville. Next time leave your two bales behind in San Francisco. pic.twitter.com/BFxgJrDnlt
— Doug Kreulen (@DougKreulen) September 29, 2020