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Toddler Leads Deputies To 1,700 Pounds Of Pot

Old 05-20-05, 04:53 PM
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Toddler Leads Deputies To 1,700 Pounds Of Pot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sheriff's deputies in Bernalillo County, N.M., found nearly a ton of pot at a home, thanks to a toddler and an OnStar in-vehicle safety and security system.

The Albuquerque Journal reported Friday that a 2-year-old boy who was locked in his father's Cadillac Escalade in southeast Albuquerque pushed the OnStar button in the car for help. The device not only can guide a motorist to a location, it can also unlock doors and call for help.

Officials responded to the OnStar alert, and when deputies arrived, they became suspicious when they found a large trailer in the garage.

Inside the trailer, deputies found 1,700 pounds of marijuana worth more than a half-million dollars.

Four men were arrested and are now in federal custody on drug trafficking charges, deputies said.
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What a stupid baby.
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was the trailer closed?
if so I forsee this being thrown out. responding to a kid locked in a vehicle does not give them the right to start searching everything they want
since when is a trailer in a garage suspicious anyway?
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What a stupid baby.
Stupid babies need the most love.
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Stupid babies need the most attention.
Fixed. That is, if you are referencing The Simpsons
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ooops. You are correct.
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Dammit! I said that I have to go to potty.

Now Dad and I have bothed pissed in our pants.
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Old 05-20-05, 08:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
was the trailer closed?
if so I forsee this being thrown out. responding to a kid locked in a vehicle does not give them the right to start searching everything they want
since when is a trailer in a garage suspicious anyway?
That is what I immediately thought of also. I'm guessing that they'll argue that they had no way of knowing exactly what the emergency was, so they had to do a further check of the area to make sure that no one else was in danger.

Whether or not the search holds up in court likely depends on the price of the lawyers.
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Old 05-20-05, 08:08 PM
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
was the trailer closed?
if so I forsee this being thrown out. responding to a kid locked in a vehicle does not give them the right to start searching everything they want
since when is a trailer in a garage suspicious anyway?


Ah, the cops will make something up. Exigent circumstances....yeah, that's the ticket.
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Originally Posted by mikehunt
was the trailer closed?
if so I forsee this being thrown out. responding to a kid locked in a vehicle does not give them the right to start searching everything they want
since when is a trailer in a garage suspicious anyway?
Well, the article doesn't necessarily say it was a warrantless search... they could've gotten a warrant somewhere in there.
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Old 05-20-05, 08:51 PM
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I wonder if the kid was actually wanting out or if he was just running around pressing buttons.

btw This headline sucks. As if the toddler led investigators to the pot and said, "Here's the pot. Now cuff him!"
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What is the normal procedure for OnStar to "call for help"? Something like an OnStar alarm is set off if it's not reset in x minutes? Where exactly was the cadillac: in the garage, outside and on the driveway, or a different location? The trailer was attached to the cadillac?
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What idiot drug dealer would have OnStar on his car?
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What idiot drug dealer would have OnStar on his car?
A drug dealer with a poor sense of direction? I don't get what you're saying.
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OnStar isn't exactly helpful for those who would want to be anonymous as possible.
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Old 05-20-05, 10:29 PM
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OnStar isn't exactly helpful for those who would want to be anonymous as possible.
I doubt he's calling up OnStar about his line of work.

OnStar: OnStar, how may I assist you?
Dealer: Yo, OnStar, you want some of this weeeeeeeeed?
OnStar: ...um...
Dealer: Weeeeeeeeeeeeed!
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If you were doing something illegal over the internet, wouldn't you be using an anonymous proxy? I mean, isn't OnStar capable of logging all the locations you've driven to? I'm not saying they do that, but I think their technology certainly is capable, and if the police get a warrant to that kind of info...
Edit: Maybe logging isn't the right word. How about tracking?

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Well, in any case, I think we can agree the Weedman was a complete idiot. On several levels.

1) Leaving your kid in the car
2) Having a ton of weed in your own garage and a half-O-mill of cash to boot
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is she Pot-ty trained....


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2) Having a ton of weed in your own garage and a half-O-mill of cash to boot
I think the 1/2 million was the street value of the weed.
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http://www.officer.com/article/artic...ion=1&id=23759

Onstar Leads New Mexico Police to Toddler, Marijuana

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) -- Bernalillo County sheriff's deputies rescued a 2-year-old boy from a sport utility vehicle and made one of the department's largest drug busts in one evening.

It all started with a call made to OnStar by a toddler who was locked inside a Cadillac Escalade. When deputies went to rescue the boy Wednesday night, they found 1,700 pounds of marijuana inside a trailer near the SUV.

''When they advertise the security features of the system, I imagine OnStar can add catching drug traffickers to its list,'' Sheriff Darren White told the Albuquerque Journal in a copyright story. ''As the commercials say, 'Thanks, OnStar.'''

Authorities said the boy's father, Alfredo Ibarra, 25; Eric Aniles, 25; Jimmy Hogan, 52; and Sean Daly, 23, were in federal custody on drug trafficking charges.

Court records say deputies got the call from the vehicle security service around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday. When deputies arrived, they found the boy inside the vehicle and Ibarra outside trying to coach his son to open a door.

The security service eventually unlocked the doors, freeing the boy.

During their investigation, deputies spotted a trailer with an Oklahoma license plate inside the automotive shop where the Escalade was parked. Daly, who worked at the shop, told deputies it belonged to a customer but Hogan admitted it was his.

The men gave deputies permission to look inside the trailer, where they found several packages of bundled marijuana, court records show. They also found more marijuana in a truck that belonged to Hogan.

After determining how much marijuana they had found, deputies turned the investigation over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The drugs were worth an estimated $500,000.


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Originally Posted by nazz
I think the 1/2 million was the street value of the weed.
(cough cough)

Ooops. You're right. Kids, don't post and do weed at the same time.
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The men gave deputies permission to look inside the trailer...
Do those guys not know their rights?
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Hey man, when you're high, you're friendly to everyone. Even coppertops.
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This story is funny!
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