Police were quick to put Temmeraj on their naughty list — he was booked into the Davidson County jail on Monday
He flew across the country bearing bags full of Christmas gifts, but a Seattle man was anything but jolly when he was busted at the Nashville airport with 84 pounds of pot in tow.
In an affidavit, Nashville police reported they were tipped off by a police dog — and their own noses — that the presents Somphone Temmeraj was delivering were full of highly pungent cannabis. Despite being double vacuum sealed and wrapped in towels, authorities quickly identified the illicit stash contained in three identical bags and charged Temmeraj with possession with intent to distribute.
The 57-year-old man accepted responsibility for the drugs when police approached him after watching him claim his luggage, according to the Tennessean. In all, they found 75 bags of marijuana in his luggage and “no clothes or personal items that you would normally see someone travel with,” prompting police to ask what he does for a living, according to the affidavit.
“This,” he reportedly responded.
In his carry-on bag, police found US$1,000 in 20 dollar bills, plus an ATM receipt showing he deposited US$2,600 before his flight. He had another US$1,600 on his person.
Beyond that, he was also travelling with four cellphones — a not at all suspicious number — likely to help him spread some holiday cheer.
Police were quick to put Temmeraj on their naughty list — he was booked into the Davidson County jail on Monday, although he was released the next day on a US$10,000 bond. He will appear in court on Jan. 31.
He might want to drive next time.
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Written by David Yasvinski