Marijuana is found in 2 water meters

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Jun 21, 2007
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Attention potheads: The water-meter compartment by the street is a really bad place to keep your stash.

A couple of unknown marijuana owners likely discovered that the hard way last month after Metro Water District meter readers in two different neighborhoods found baggies of the illegal weed tucked in with the water meters, and police confiscated them.

In the first instance, in the 3000 block of West Liberty Tree Lane - near West Magee and North Shannon roads - on March 7, a meter reader found a bag of marijuana and called his supervisor, Steve Woolridge, before continuing about his business, according to Pima County Sheriff's Department reports.

Woolridge arrived, found the baggie and called the police.

Because the meter was located in a general area, according to the report, there were no suspects or investigative leads. The baggie was placed into evidence at the Sheriff's department.

Four days later, Woolridge got a call from another meter reader, this time in the 3000 block of West Coriander Drive - near West Orange Grove and North Shannon roads.

According to that police report, Woolridge met the meter reader where he found the baggie of marijuana before sending the meter reader on his way.

When police arrived, Woolridge showed an officer where the marijuana was, and police placed it into evidence, according to the report.

Because that meter was in front of a house, the responding officer spoke to a resident, but the man said he didn't know where the drugs might have come from.

Mark Stratton, general manager of Metro Water, said it's not common for meter readers to find pot in the water meters.

"Whenever they see something strange, their instruction is to call police and let them handle it," he said.

Pot users should know that water meters are read at least once a month, he said.

"We get everything around here," Stratton said. "It really makes you wonder."

Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Erin Gibson said if people stumble upon such a thing, they definitely should not touch it and should call the appropriate law-enforcement agency.

"I've never actually heard of that happening before, so I can't imagine it's too common," she said.


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