Police: Man sold pot to pay for trip | AspenTimes.com

Police: Man sold pot to pay for trip

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Clark Griswold would not have approved of this European vacation plan.On March 7, Snowmass Village police officers responded to a report of loud music coming from the Deerfield Drive home of Benjamin Robin, 25, of Snowmass Village.When the door opened, “a cloud of smoke exited his residence,” a police report says. “The … smoke was consistent with cigarette smoke mixed with a hint of the odor [of] smoked marijuana.”The home is an employee unit of the Snowmass Village Housing Department. The department prohibits smoking in such units, the report notes.Robin allegedly gave an officer permission to search the home. Glass pipes were in plain view on a kitchen counter and a table, the report says. Robin handed over the pipes and said, “Sorry about that.””I told Ben that I would be informing the housing department that he has broken policy concerning smoking in the unit,” officer Todd Haller wrote.Another officer then saw a large plastic bag next to a stereo. Inside was about 2 ounces of marijuana packaged to sell in quarter-ounces, according to the report.Haller told Robin that he believed the suspect was selling marijuana, based on the amount and the way it was packaged.”Ben told me he was not a ‘dealer’ but was planning on selling half to close friends to help pay for a vacation to Europe,” the report says.Robin turned himself in Friday and was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, a felony. He appeared in court Monday and was in custody on a $5,000 bond. His next court date is April 3.

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