No sweat at all. Police find seven pressure cookers stuffed with weed during traffic stop

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Florida police officers use K9 to alert them to illicit cargo.

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Angela Stelmakowich

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Nov 01, 2021  •  November 1, 2021  •  2 minute read  •  Join the conversation Members of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Kita and pots of pot. /Members of the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office, K9 Kita and pots of pot. / Photo by DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office

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It was no sweat for trusty K9 Kita to sniff out quite a hefty haul of illegal cannabis hidden inside pressure cookers being transported by a vehicle last week in Florida.

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“Boy was she right!” the post states, adding that deputies searched the vehicle and found the weed-filled pressure cookers.

The hidden haul, tucked in the very back of the trunk, was found under some blankets, NBC2 News reports.

K9 Kita relaxes after a job well done. / K9 Kita relaxes after a job well done. / Photo by DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office

The police report that with that amount of cannabis, there is usually some smell that can be detected. It appears, however, that the pressure cookers were tight enough to mask the odour to humans, but not K9 Kita.

Since neither the driver nor the passenger had prescriptions or a licence to possess the controlled substance, the DCSO notes that “they were arrested and booked into the DeSoto County Jail.”

Ysabel Betancourt now faces charges of selling marijuana, possessing controlled substances without a prescription, two counts of possessing or using drug equipment and public nuisance for drug activity.

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Image of collected cannabis. / Image of collected cannabis. / Photo by DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office

Maykel Capetillo is charged with selling marijuana, possessing a controlled substance without a prescription and possessing or using drug equipment.

Medical marijuana is legal in Florida, with related prescriptions available from a qualified physician and the drugs dispensed by licensed medical marijuana treatment centres.

Recreational cannabis is not legal in the state. Possessing 20 grams or less of weed is a misdemeanour charge punishable by a year in jail and a US$1,000 ($1,240) fine. If the amount is between 20 grams and 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), the charge becomes a felony carrying a maximum of as long as five years in prison and a US$5,000 ($6,200) fine, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

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