Weird Criminal Law Stories # 417:Dope and Change

FLORIDA: The headline for this read: “Dope and change.” Mayor Carlos Hernandez, the Mayor of Hialeah tried to pay a $4,000 city ethics fine with 360,000 pennies and nickels – 28 buckets of coins in all. Since the city ethics commission says he knew it only accepted checks they doubled his fine. Now the Mimi-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust is suing Mayor Hernandez.


FLORIDA: The headline read: “Practice makes perfect.” It has been reported that a South Florida man who swallowed 115 pellets of cocaine told police he had been smuggling coke for years. Matthew Lawson, 32, admitted “transporting cocaine internally for four years.” He stated, further that he started with just 15 pellets and worked his way up to higher amounts.” according to police. He also admitted that he had made about 15 successful practice trips from Jamaica to the United States.

GEORGIA:  An Atlanta man was arrested for marijuana possession after police in a patrol car caught a whiff of three 6-foot-tall weed plants he was transporting in his SUV, say police. Thomas Edwin, 38, was arrested shortly after officers detected “a strong odor of raw marijuana” coming from his Buick Rendezvous.


MASSACHUSETTS: What a nut! A woman during this month won the right to wear a colander on her head in her driver’s license photo, after telling the state Registry of Motor Vehicles that she was a “Pastafarian” and member of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Lindsay Miller said she was delighted to have the satirical atheist religion officially listed on her license.


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