When Heartburn is Against the Law

From my civic association’s police blotter:

(ARREST) On Wednesday, 06/10/09, 7:50 PM, 6th District bicycle patrol Officers Ferrero and Cullen observed a male smoking a marijuana cigarette in the 1200 block Chancellor St. As the officers approached, the male ate the cigarette. The male was taken into custody and a plastic bag containing marijuana was recovered from his pant’s pocket. The 34 year old offender with an out-of-state address was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Tampering with Evidence.

Tampering with evidence.  For swallowing a lit cigarette.   That, my friends, is a cop in a bad mood.

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2 Responses

  1. Bill Poser says:

    Dean Davis, who eventually became Governor of Vermont, was for much of his career a country lawyer. He tells the story of an incident he observed during Prohibition. The defendant was on trial for possession of a bottle of whiskey. When the prosecutor introduced the nearly empty bottle into evidence, the defendant asked to see it. Before anyone realized his intention, he opened the bottle and swallowed the remainder of the contents. The case had to be dismissed as the prosecution had no other evidence as to the contents of the bottle.

  2. Baking Soda or sodium bicarbonate also helps in reducing the acidity of the stomach.