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Man Accused Of Eating Marijuana After Traffic Stop

Jim Finnel

Fallen Cannabis Warrior & Ex News Moderator
A 22-year-old Odessa man was arrested Monday in connection with weed eating that police said had nothing to do with lawn care.

Christopher Allen Smith was charged with tampering with physical evidence after police said he tried to hide the marijuana he had in his vehicle by ingesting it between 9:05 p.m. and 9:10 p.m. in the 2700 block of North West County Road.

Smith was being held Tuesday at the Ector County Detention Center on bonds totaling $26,000.

According to Odessa police spokeswoman Cpl. Sherrie Carruth, a police officer saw Smith run a red light while driving on North West County Road. After pulling Smith over, the officer smelled what he believed to be marijuana on Smith's breath, Carruth said.

After searching the car, the officer found a "usable" amount of marijuana located in the vehicle as well as residue of marijuana on Smith's mouth, Carruth said.

Smith was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony.

A person would have to possess between five and 50 pounds of marijuana to be charged with a third-degree felony.

Third-degree felonies carry a punishment of no less than two years and no more than 10 in prison.

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