Finding some good pot to celebrate 4/20 with isn’t as easy in other places as it is for us. Maybe longtime Seattle Police Department officer Alex Chapackdee was just trying to alleviate that concern for stoners in the Baltimore area this year when he allegedly filled up his RV with pot on April 17 and drove across the country, “without stopping except to get gas or food,” according to a complaint filed in US District Court and first reported by the Seattle Times. He pulled into a house in the Baltimore area on April 19, where investigators claim to have seen him unloading boxes out of his 2000 Fleetwood Flair RV.
This was not the first such trip. Unbeknownst to Chapackdee, the FBI had been tipped off about the alleged drug-smuggling ring Chapackdee was involved in two years earlier, and had tracked several previous trips from Seattle to Maryland and Virginia. But this latest operation the day before 4/20 would be Chapackdee’s last. After Chapackdee left Baltimore to return to Seattle, investigators received a warrant to search the home and car of the person Chapackdee allegedly dropped the weed off with, finding and seizing 184 pounds of pot. The complaint charges Chapackdee, along with his brother-in-law Tuan Van Le, his nephew Phi Nguyen, and a fourth man, Samath Khanhphongphane, with conspiracy to distribute marijuana, a charge that carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, according to the US District Attorney’s Office.
– Read the entire article at The Stranger.