Getting high can be a gateway to many things. Uncontrollable laughter, lengthy discussions about the cosmos, and junk food. Occasionally other things like a lapse in judgment or severe paranoia are possible. In small doses, none of these side-effects are all that detrimental. You eat three bags of Funions, watch Bio-Dome and discuss how the plot of that movie might actually be a solution to all of our worlds problems. No harm no foul.
When you don’t know what you’re getting into, though, these side-effects can lead to some serious trouble. The paranoia could be so consuming that you confess your lack of sobriety to your parents, your friends, or the cops — as was the case with two weed running individuals making their way from Las Vegas to Montana with 20 pounds of the stuff.
Leland Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Holland Sward, 23 found themselves in the middle of an Idaho snowstorm, on the home stretch toward their destination in Montana when they got high on their own supply (presumably) to celebrate. Within minutes the cops started toying with them by driving in circles around them. They could feel the gaze of every Rexburg officer on the back of their necks. Their dog in the back was hungry and cold, the snow was getting heavier and the police were closing in. The cops won. Leland called to confess and pleaded with them to stop the games.
The problem was that the cops had no idea they were playing a game with the two smugglers. As you can hear in the dispatchers voice, he had absolutely no idea what was going on.
The dispatcher sent a marked vehicle to the two who willfully surrendered. As it turns out the cars they thought were following them weren’t cop cars at all, just Rexburg residents buzzing about town.
Each man was charged with one count of felony marijuana trafficking. Sward received a sentence of 30 days in prison plus a suspended sentence of five years, while Ayala-Doliente was hit with 1 ½-8 years in prison because he tested positive for cocaine, oxycodone, and marijuana when he showed up for his sentencing hearing.