A week before Sacramento city officials began putting the finishing touches on their approach to legal marijuana sales, county sheriff’s deputies were busting an alleged black market operator moving pounds of illicit greens through the capital’s international airport.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the incident occurred Sunday, November 5, at Sacramento International Airport. Deputies responded to a call from Transportation Security Administration agents about a suspicious suitcase flagged by their “explosive detection system.” TSA agents reportedly decided to give the suitcase a closer look, discovering 10 “clear, plastic vacuum-sealed packages” of marijuana wrapped inside of clothing, an incident summary states.
Arriving deputies noted that the suitcase had a bag-tag for a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Denver, and then from Denver to Atlanta. The name on the bag-tag allegedly said Stacey Jernard Burgess of Scranton, S.C. The incident summary says the luggage’s 10 bags of marijuana weighed roughly 10 pounds.
Before boarding his flight, Burgess, 32, was arrested by deputies and booked into the county jail on charges possession and transportation of illicit marijuana.
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