Wash. man arrested with marijuana wrapped as gifts

December 29, 2011 - 11:15 AM

COEUR d'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A Washington state man faces felony marijuana trafficking charges after an officer found 3.3 pounds of marijuana wrapped up as Christmas gifts during a traffic stop in northern Idaho.

The Coeur d'Alene Press (http://bit.ly/uj4XeZ ) reports 36-year-old Jason Palmer of Springdale, Wash., was arrested Dec. 22 as he returned from a trip to Montana.

Kootenai County sheriff's officials say Palmer was stopped east of Coeur d'Alene because his vehicle was repeatedly changing lanes and following other drivers too closely. The officer said he smelled marijuana as he approached the vehicle.

The officer reported that Palmer said he was a medical marijuana cardholder and had a small amount of "medicine" in the vehicle — and the packages contained sweaters.

Palmer works at a hydroponics supply store in north Spokane.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com