At Greyhound rest stop, Lamar cops find "abnormally heavy" pillow filled with marijuana

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Jason Ramirez
Recreational marijuana is now legal in Colorado, but carrying eleven pounds of pot on a Greyhound bus with the "intent to manufacture or distribute" is not. That is the felony charge that landed 35-year-old Jason Ramirez in jail, after a routine check at a rest stop in Lamar uncovered an "abnormally heavy" pillow. Ramirez, who'd stopped inside a McDonald's, at first told police he was not a passenger. A bus ticket in his name said otherwise.

On December 17, Lamar Police Department officers contacted the driver of a Greyhound bus at Main and Holly streets, asking to deploy a routine drug detection K9. That search alerted officers to a seat in the back of the bus with a jacket and pillow, but no passenger.

The officers located a container with "a small amount of marijuana in the jacket pocket." (With the passage of Amendment 64, adults can legally possess small amounts of marijuana). But something was fishy about the pillow, Lamar police note in a news release: "When the pillow was picked up it was abnormally heavy and foreign objects could be detected by feel inside the pillow."

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Screenshot of Main and Holly in Lamar.

Lamar Chief of Police Gary McCrea tells us that the Greyhound was stopped outside a McDonald's; Ramirez had gone inside. Interviews with other bus passengers revealed his identity.

The officers contacted Ramirez, a Denver resident. He said he was not a passenger on the bus -- but the bus driver was holding a bus ticket in his name. And a computer check on the suspect revealed that he had two outstanding warrants. He was then detained and transported to the Police Annex for further investigation.

In the meantime, police obtained a search warrant, which authorized them to see what was making the pillow so abnormally heavy. They discovered several individually wrapped bricks of marijuana, with a total weight of more than eleven pounds.

Ramirez was then transported to the Prowers County Jail, where he is being held on bold set at $32,000. Court records apparently show that Ramirez's criminal history includes arrests for drunken driving, domestic abuse, assault, intimidating a witness and kidnapping.

Continue for more on the charges Ramirez is facing and the full police alert.


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rjshep45
rjshep45

he could not sell his cartel swag in colorado,nobody smokes that shit,so take it east to states where the police make good weed impossible to find

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

Chances of mailing it are much higher than muling it these days.  Let your favorite carrier do the work and sit back and watch the dollars roll in.  Colorado is a Ganja Paradise waiting to supply the likes of the entire planet.  800 - 420 - USPS

Stephen At Half Aspen
Stephen At Half Aspen

I'm more concerned that it was a lawful search of the bus despite having no probable cause. And yes, it was lawful. We've lost this country.

Justin Novak
Justin Novak

I'd smoke a bunch and practically give it away, meaning I'd sell it for pennies on the dollar. Why? You might ask, well fuck I don't sell weed I mostly smoke if and I have zero designs to be a dealer. So I would get rid of it in the fastest and best way possible by helping all my pothead friends.

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA!!! Thanks again Westword!! WHERE IS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN GOV. NIXONLOOPER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE INPLMENTAION OF A64. Poor Sam, a propagandist, you should be ashamed of yourself.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA, PROPAGANDA!!!

Thanks again Westword!!

WHERE IS THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN GOV. NIXONLOOPER AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REGARDING THE INPLMENTAION OF A64.

Poor Sam, a propagandist, you should be ashamed of yourself.

Paul Andrew Rennix
Paul Andrew Rennix

this is Colorado, weed goes in jars. what was he thinking? with 11 lbs, he took take the bus?

Jimmy Curtis
Jimmy Curtis

I'd smoke it. Anyone that says they'd do otherwise is a liar.

Megan Haenny
Megan Haenny

go home and thank god for this bounty. and I don't normally do that. lol

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

" Sweet dreams Amigo ... "

It won't go that bad on him .

He'll be back & forth from Mexico three times before the trial .

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

11 pounds or 5 kilos?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another arrest NOT prevented by A64!

Regulation Works!

Stay REGULATED, suckers!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc = ignorant cunt

** 1000s of Stupid Stoners Busted for Shipping Weed via Mail **


There are 1,614 USPS inspectors at mail centers across the country looking for suspicious packages.


Every day, they comb through the thousands of pieces of mail. Many inspectors employ the help of canine teams to locate packages containing drugs, though parcels are often packed with mustard, peanut butter, axle grease or coffee beans to cover up the drugs' odor.


There is "an attraction to shipping through the mail because they think they can be anonymous," said Rendina.


But arrests are happening everyday. In 2009, 1,278 people were busted for using the mail to transport drugs.


Inspectors offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals shipping illegal substances through the U.S. Mail. Rendina says the reward money comes from asset forfeiture.


While marijuana mailings have increased, shipments of other drugs have declined. Between fiscal years 2008 and 2009, there were fewer seizures of cocaine, heroin, opium, and methamphetamine.




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Stephen At Half Aspen "We've lost this country"

Cowardly gutless Americans willingly SURRENDERED their individual rights to BIG Government ... for the pretense of safety and protection.

REGULATION WORKS!



Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@CoreyDonahue  Sam utilizes what he has to work w/ in most cases . Definitely one of WW's best ! Wanna get in someone's ass from the publication who's way more deserving ? That cross-dresser behind, 'Ask a Mexican',  would be an EXCELLENT place to begin !

mike1963
mike1963

@DonkeyHotay You need to get the hell outta CO and go find yourself a hole that isn't regulated...... Maybe you could find yourself that life I was talking about ;)

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay 1278 people is probably like .1% making it a better option than mulling it.  Soon just like with taking it through the airport, you will be allowed to mail it to / from other States which allow recreational or medical distribution, growing, and consumption of cannabis.  This will be great for the struggling mail carriers especially USPS which would get big boost in revenue allowing for the extra business.  Packages would likely be insured too due to the value of the cannabis being shipped, giving even more revenue to the struggling mail system and all its current regulations.  Jah Bless the High Country!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg @CoreyDonahue 

Sam is the best that WW currently employs ... so all hope of saving any shred of investigative journalism at WW lies with him.

The rest are merely compilers and fluffers.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mike1963  ... your sister needs me to stay and keep her hole regulated ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@tutonehcc "1278 people is probably like .1% making it a better option than mulling it."

You really have no fucking idea what you're yammering about.

May you become one of those 1278 people.


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

How about Alan, Michael, & Patricia ? I appreciate, not always agree with, the work of these additional three .

tutonehcc
tutonehcc

@DonkeyHotay @mike1963 @davebarnes that's why when you move up in the drug world you move to kilos so your shit weigh it oh man and nobody get shot over a lousy definition of a pound.  Think kilos, not pounds, this shit for real man!

peppervarga
peppervarga

@davebarnes @mike1963 the way cops weigh things, they probably just weighed the entire pillow... their measurements don't mean much. "total weight" 

mike1963
mike1963

@davebarnes @mike1963 Save when you are dealing with that kind of weight, 5 keys is basically the same thing as 11 bs. What differance would .023 lbs. 

If it was packeged in the USA it is prolly 11 lbs, If put up in Mexico more likely 5 keys.

End of the day it is a class 4 Felony either way.

mike1963
mike1963

@DonkeyHotay @mike1963 ....Best luck with that, I wouldn't get anywhere near that nasty hole, but you sound like the man to do it.

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