Looking for a way to wile away the brutally cold winter in South-Central Idaho? Well, you can cross "getting stoned and listening to the wind" off your list, because the Mini-Cassia (Minidoka and Cassia County) Drug Task force made a score last week that could have area smokers scraping their pipes until spring.
The lynchpin in this bust--as in many pot busts--is the "duh"-factor. According to a story in the South Idaho Press, local authorities received a call in late January from the Texas Department of Public Safety saying that they had obtained a FedEx package, originally from Tennessee, which was addressed for a residence in the town of Rupert. Nestled inside the package was nearly 18 pounds of marijuana, with a street value (or as it is known in Mini-Cassia, a "dirt road" value) of more than $30,000.
Faced with such daunting criminal masterminds, the Mini-Cassia Task Force quickly put an elaborate plan into action. First, they asked their Texas tipsters to overnight the package to Idaho. Then, a task force officer dolled himself up as a FedEx driver and delivered the package to its intended address. The recipient, 22-year-old Rodney Miller, received his parcel--presumably with a relieved "Sweet!"--and promptly puttered over to another home in the nearby town of Paul to share the wealth. There, the officers finally swarmed and arrested Miller and three of his cohorts on charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy to traffic. So while the rest of the known stoned world may have success using human porters--or even puppies (No kidding--Google it!)--these four suspected dope-slingers sit in county jail on $100,000 bonds for what undoubtedly seemed, at the time, like the most obvious answer to their problems.
And, for the record, despite the headline of this article, we aren't advocating that our readers "mack the doobage," to use the parlance of our editorial cave. We're just acknowledging that in certain parts of our fair state, in particular those with bad TV reception and no Boise Weekly boxes, it can seem at times as if there aren't a lot of other secular recreation options.