Two Would-Be Idaho Pot Smugglers Freak Out, Call 911 on Themselves
From the you've-got-to-hear-it-to-believe-it department: Two young men transporting a load of weed from Las Vegas to Montana were arrested for marijuana trafficking after they called 911 on themselves.
Leland Ayala-Doliente, 22, and Holland Sward, 23, had apparently sampled too much of their product and got a bad case of the heebie-jeebies as they crossed the state-line into pot-unfriendly Idaho. They apparently convinced themselves that Idaho police were not only tailing them, but toying with them and decided to just give up.
So they pulled off the highway, parked their car, called 911 and reported themselves. That was news to Idaho police, who said they were not actually following anybody.
"Hi, uh, we're the two dumb-asses that got caught trying to bring some stuff through your border and all your cops are just driving around us like a bunch of jack wagons, and I'd just like you guys to end it. If you could just help me out with that, we would just like to get on with it," Ayala-Doliente told the dumbfounded dispatcher.
"You got caught doing what?" he responded.
"Ah, okay. Um, we kind of got spooked here trying to bring some stuff across your Idaho border."
"And, yeah, a bunch of your cops are driving around in a bunch of civilian cars not wanting to pick us up. I don't know what's the deal," Ayala-Doliente explained. "I was wondering if you could help us out and just end it."
"Yeah, if you could just call one of them. It's getting cold out here, man. I just want to get warm and just get on with this whole thing, so…"
Let's pause for a moment to sum up: The two would-be smugglers saw civilian cars and thought they were cops. They weren't. They were civilian cars. So they pull over, and get out of their car, and then complain that they're cold standing there. They could have just gotten back in the car.
As the conversation continued, the pair gave their location, but before sending an officer out to investigate, the dispatcher had a question: "Do you guys have any guns or weapons or anything on you at all?"
"Nope we don't have any of that stuff with us. Just a bunch of snacks and stuff," Ayala-Dolitente responded. Of course.
When the cops arrived, the dope-addled duo were standing with their hands on their heads waiting for them. Thanks to the auto-tipsters, police found 20 pounds of marijuana in a bag inside a dog cage that the pair had thoughtfully placed on the sidewalk. They also found $600 in cash.
The bust was a year ago. Now, Sward has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver after prosecutors dropped the original felony trafficking charge. He got five years suspended and has to do 30 days in county jail. As for Ayala-Doliente, he got one and a half to eight years. His sentence was increased after he tested positive for marijuana, cocaine, and oxycodone on his sentencing day.
Here's video with the full 911 call: