Workers Accused of Stealing 48 Pounds of Pot—From Cops

They were installing a vent in the evidence room
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 19, 2011 3:40 PM CST
Marijuana plants are shown at a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – They just couldn't resist: Two construction workers in Florence, Alabama, stole 48 pounds of marijuana from a police evidence room they were working on, authorities say. The men were hired to install a vent in the room (so drug fumes could escape) and allegedly stuffed the confiscated pot into their tools over three days, reports the Times Daily. The pot, some of which was moldy, had a street value of $10,000. Cops figured it out after the fact, and both men are in jail on theft and trafficking charges. Only 4 pounds were recovered.

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