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article imagePot-filled Christmas presents gets father and sons in a jam

By Kathleen Blanchard     Dec 30, 2011 in Crime
Police arrested a 36-year-old man in Springdale, Washington after drug-sniffing dogs found marijuana hidden in Christmas presents in the man’s car.
According to, the man’s sons, age 12 and 14, who were in the car with their father were charged with “frequenting” because deputies believe the two knew there was marijuana in the car, but they failed to tell the police.
The man, identified as Jason Palmer, was pulled over on December 22 because he was driving “erratically” in Kootenai County, Idaho.
He was on his way home from visiting family in the Coeur d'Alene (Idaho) Press (Idaho) reported.
After the man was pulled, deputies reported they could smell marijuana. The deputy also noted in a report that smell got stronger when he “made contact at the window”.
The deputy wrote, "I asked him what was in the presents and he stated some 'sweaters.”
Palmer also told police he had a “small amount” of medicine in the vehicle and that he is a medical marijuana card holder.
When K-9’s were dispatched, the dogs went right for the Christmas presents.
The New York Daily News reported the man works for a hydroponics distributor in North Spokane.
Palmer was initially pulled over for changing lanes frequently and tailgating.
The Christmas presents were hiding 3.3 pounds of marijuana, according to the Daily News who also report Palmer is facing felony charges and will have a court hearing January 13.
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