A man in Oklahoma was arrested after almost eight pounds of marijuana was mailed to his house through the U.S. Postal Service.
Things started falling apart for this guy when a Postal Service employee working at a mail processing center in Oklahoma City noticed the unmistakable scent of marijuana coming off of a package with his address on it.
Unfortunately, the package never made it to his house because the postal worker decided to contact the authorities instead of just allowing the package go out for delivery.
A drug-sniffing dog was brought in and after it sniffed out the not too subtle smell of weed, cops got a search warrant for the address on the package.
From there, it didn’t take long for them to arrest William C. Garbe.
Garbe was arrested for possession with intent to distribute and was booked into the Canadian County jail.
He later posted $10,000 bail and was released.
Not surprisingly, cops working on the case are hyping it up as the clue to some huge drug bust.
“My investigators determined Garbe is the first step in a drug smuggling ring operating in the Oklahoma City area,” sheriff Randall R. Edwards said in an article published by NewsOK.
It’s probably true that Garbe was planning on selling at least a good portion of that weed, but once again, we’re confronted by yet another story of way too much time, energy, and resources devoted to pursuing a fundamentally flawed and dangerous war on drugs.
In fact, this war on drugs is so flawed that lawmakers have begun working to strip away DEA funding that had previously been used to search out and destroy marijuana plants.
Lawmakers involved with this bill went so far as to call the Cannabis Eradication Program a flat-out failure when they wrote:
“There is no justification for spending this kind of money on an antiquated program never shown to be effective.”
The more steps taken to dismantle the war on drugs the better.
Doing so will decrease the number of people sucked into our mass incarceration machine, increase the amount of resources we have available for addressing actual problems like child abuse and inaccessible education.