Super Sleuth Tuesday

Patricia Bradley Stupid Criminal Question

banditFirst, let’s review last week’s Super Sleuth on the Thoughts on Plot blog: Here’s the setup:

Two men were arrested for hauling 20 pounds of marijuana from Las Vegas to Montana. Was it because:

  1. They were speeding. When a highway patrolman pulled them over, he ran the tag and discovered the car was stolen. The cop found the marijuana when he searched the car.
  2. They got high off the pot they were carrying and believed, incorrectly, that undercover cops were following them. One of the crooks called 911 and told them to call off their hunt. The dispatcher was able to find their location through cell towers.
  3. They stopped at a truck stop to eat and tried to sell some of the marijuana to an undercover cop.

And the answer is….(drumroll!!!) Number 2. Here’s the story (you can view the video here):

It was an unusual 911 call that tipped off police in Rexburg, Idaho, that Leland Ayala-Doliente and Holland Sward had entered the state with 20 pounds of marijuana—because Ayala-Doliente is the one who placed it. As the East Idaho News reports, court documents show that Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Sward, 23, were hauling pot from Las Vegas to Montana when at some point they broke the cardinal rule of dope dealing: Don’t get high off your own supply. They came to believe, incorrectly, that undercover cops were following them. “Hi, uh, we’re the two dumb asses that got caught trying to bring some stuff through your border and all your cops are just driving around us like a bunch of jack wagons, and I’d just like for you guys to end it,” Ayala-Doliente tells the dispatcher in audio of the callobtained by the News. The entire exchange sounds very much “like a deleted scene fromPineapple Express,” notes the New York Daily News. Other highlights:

  • Asked if they have weapons, Ayala-Doliente says no, “just a bunch of snacks and stuff.”
  • They also have “really nice” pitbull. “Oh, cool,” says the dispatcher, who plays the call perfectly, at one point asking, “What was your name, man?”
  • Speaking to Sward, Ayala-Doliente says of the dispatcher: “He’s a nice guy. Want me to jump in the air and click my heels twice or what?”
  • Regarding the phantom undercover cops, Ayala-Doliente says, “We tried waving them down and that didn’t work.”

Ayala-Doliente and Sward were each charged with felony drug trafficking, given that their haul had a street value of $16,000, reports the Idaho State Journal. Sward received a five-year suspended sentence, five years of probation, and a month in jail. Ayala-Doliente, who tested positive for pot, cocaine, and oxycodone on his November sentencing day, received a year-and-a-half to eight years in prison.

Really, guys. Don’t try to sneak marijuana into the States, but if you do, don’t smoke it while you’re trying to do it.

Now for this week’s Super Sleuth:

A pair of robbers threatened to shoot a restaurant owner if he didn’t give them free food. How did they get arrested?

  1. The owner told the two men he was too busy for a robbery and asked them to come back in an hour. The were police waiting when they showed up.
  2. The owner gave them the food they demanded, but as they ran out the back door, the thief in front stumbled and when he fell, the other thief fell over him. The owner held them at gunpoint until the police arrived.
  3. Before the owner gave the thieves the food they demanded, he stirred a handful of sleeping tablets in the spaghetti, and they fell asleep at the table.

So which is it? Leave your answer in the comments and then check tomorrow at Thoughts on Plot for the answer and another Super Sleuth!

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