Marijuana: Are other states profiling Colorado planes for pot as well as cars?

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The plane in question.
Police in states bordering Colorado have been on the lookout for drivers with Colorado plates, making traffic stops for minor infractions in hopes of busting illegal marijuana shipments coming from the Centennial State. And they've been successful, too, with arrests reports from assorted states frequently making their way back to Colorado.

But are out-of-state law enforcers also profiling Colorado planes? A recent arrest in Kansas begs the question.

Back in April, Colorado pilot William Hiler and his passengers, Dan Brown and Lance Thompson, were arrested at Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison with about 42 pounds of cannabis in their 1952 Beechcraft airplane.

Cops say Hiler, Brown and Thompson flew into Kansas around 6 p.m. on April 3 and were met by fellow Coloradan Michael Staab and a 22-year-old Kansas City woman. After the plane landed, Staab and the woman pulled up in a 2008 Saab and began hauling suitcases from the single-engine's cargo hold.

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Atchison Police evidence photo
That's when cops swarmed in, seized the plane and car, and opened the luggage to find pot valued at more than $100,000 stuffed inside. Cops say the tiny airport in the tiny town probably seemed like a low-risk plan.

"We have a small airport, and they could come in undetected," Atchison police chief Mike Wilson told reporters at the time. "At least they thought so."

And -- as one might expect from a cannabis-intolerant state -- the group wasn't let off with a warning. Everyone involved was accused of possession with intent to distribute, as well as not having a drug-tax stamp for cannabis -- an antiquated law still on the books in some agricultural states where hemp was once legal to grow. The stamp violation is a way to enhance drug penalties in court.

Brown pleaded guilty last month. Then, late last week, Thompson entered a guilty plea for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. The tax charges were dropped in both cases. Hiler is due in court July 16 for a preliminary hearing.

According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), distribution of any amount is a Kansas felony calling for a mandatory year in prison and up to $300,000 in fines.

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Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Look out for 'State Patrol' w/ canines . Only recently are people seeing them in squad cars on the highways . KNOW THE LAWS in the states you are visiting . I do my best to AVOID 'Zero Tolerant' states .

One of the MANY misdemeanor marijuana convictions I have acquired, comes from Idaho .(zero tolerance) I was caught w/ an old pipe found under carpet in the back of a car I had bought only a month prior to the trip . They could actually use the resin,(& DID), against me . I plead out, paid a ridiculous fine, and now I ALWAYS mail my stash ahead of me, REGARDLESS where I'm going !!!

AVOID STATE highways ! 

Try to remain on interstates !

Much safer !!!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

This is a no-brainer !

YES THEY ARE IN EVERY DIRECTION !!! I am returning from a 36 hour Kansas trip & was stopped in both directions .  I mail my 'personal' ahead of any trip where I will be gone for more than three days . NEVER have I been caught, (knock on wood), sending an OZ or less .

The grower I know who DOES sends his 'crop' outta state, uses vehicles displaying Utah plates. He takes other precautions as well, but Colorado profiling is his biggest concern when illegally transporting and selling, top grade Colorado grown, marijuana .

JJay420
JJay420

sounds like we've got our neighboring states creating border patrols to protect them from Colorado's evil weeds

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

5 Fools doing a Felony Dope Deal is 3 TOO MANY ... it's a CRIMINAL ACT, not a fucking picnic!

Filed under -- SSAASSD!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... don't be coy, give us the DETAILS of the traffic stops you encountered. 

What was the pretense for the stops?
What stupid questions did the cops ask?
Did they search your vehicle?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JJay420 ... sounds like at least one of FIVE clueless stoners involved in the felony drug deal blabbed about it in ADVANCE ... as the local cops were tipped-off to the impending arrival -- both where, when and how.

Loose Lips Sink Ships.


JJay420
JJay420

@DonkeyHotay never underestimate the average stupid stoner -- landing in kansas with 42 pounds of dope sounded like such a good idea

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay <------ Coming from someone who hides behind an avatar, having the audacity to question someone who doesn't ???

I suppose I'm NOT stuck in the hospital

w/o my dog right now, either ???!!!

Why don't you question my missing leg as well ?

I have NOTHING to prove, while you have EVERYTHING !

Pick your marks w/ better caution . I won't argue w/ anyone over the internet . Especially those who fear walking amongst the public and lack the balls to back up their mouths or actions !

Many think you are a cop . Prove differently ...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

1st off,  speeding . ( 5 miles over ! )

Return wise, 'fitting the description' of a 'cpl' starting disturbance at a truck-stop .

Neither time was the car searched . When the cops saw my crippled ass, they backed off ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@JJay420 

... let's invite a few of our clueless stoner friends along for the ride ... so everybody can catch a lifetime drug felony!

We're gonna be RICH! ... easy money!


Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

Prove you are NOT a cop !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... no one with at least half a brain thinks I'm a cop.

Next time, give the FUCKING DETAILS so other fools can LEARN from your experience(s) ... you daft drunken doofus.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Juan_Leg ... where's that ignoramus ConstipatedDissident who claims to deliberately drive 5mph over the speed limit in order to not get stopped?

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