Coffee grounds fail to mask pungent pot
December 12, 2008
NEVADA CITY “-A Nevada City man’s alleged attempt to send marijuana through the mail to a relative in Hawaii landed him in jail Wednesday.
Timothy Jay Conner, 49, allegedly tried to mail a cardboard box with a suspicious aroma through UPS.
An employee at the mailing center noticed “it smelled like coffee and marijuana” and contacted the authorities, Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.
When the package was opened, sheriff’s deputies found two large plastic bags holding marijuana and coffee grounds ” together ” nestled in wadded-up newspaper, Royal said. Each bag of the mixture was taped shut and placed inside a second bag, which was taped and placed inside a third bag, Royal said.
The package was addressed to Hawaii and had a return address to a house on Dow Road in Nevada City, where Conner allegedly was storing some property.
Because Conner is a convicted felon on searchable probation, deputies went through his belongings, including a safe in which he had allegedly stored seven firearms, ammunition, old pay-owe sheets, and marijuana seed and shake.
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Conner was arrested on suspicion of violating probation, being a felon in possession of firearms, criminal conspiracy and possessing marijuana for sale.