Police Dog Sniffs Out Marijuana in Car at Rockland County Jail

Jail visitor accused of marijuana possession.

A Stony Point woman who was on her way to visit an inmate at the Rockland county jail was charged with marijuana possession after a detected drugs in her car in the parking lot of the jail in New City, according to the Rockland Sheriff's Department.

Sheriff's Officer Chris Ford and police dog "Shadow" were conducting a routine checkpoint at the entrance to the Rockland County Correctional Facility at 9:25 a.m. on Saturday when Shadow indicated the presence of some type of drug oder at the rear of a car driven by Melissa Simo, 22, of Stony Point. Sheriff's Chief of Patrol William Barbera said indications from the police dog led to a search of the car.

Barbera said Shadow alerted Ford to the center console area of the car. Barbera said Ford found a small amount of what is believed to be marijuna in the console.

Simo was cited for unlawful possession of marijuna and released pending a hearing Wednesday in Clarkstown Town Court in New City.

Barbera said Shadow is used to help the Sheriff's Department Corrections Division with operations inside the county jail. However, Barbera said Shadow is also used to conduct drug sweeps in the vacinity of the jail and is available to help other police departments in drug searches.

Shadow was introduced to the community last week. On the same day the dog was introduced, Barbera said Shadow was sent to assist Orangetown Police and helped uncover a stash of more than 3 ounces of marijuana.

redstripecat July 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Tax dollars would be better spent if the dogs were trained to sniff out the real problems like heroin and guns. Marijuana? Seriously? Pah!
FlyingTooLow July 30, 2012 at 04:35 PM
How pathetic. I spent 5 years in Federal Prison for that marijuana offense. While I was there, I watched armed bank robbers come and go in as little as 20 months. After 3 years 'behind the wall,' I pointed this out to the parole board. Their response: “You must understand, yours was a very serious offense.” How do you respond to that mentality? I laughed about the parole panel's comment for 2 more years (as I still sat in prison), then wrote my book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank No, it is not a treatise on disproportionate sentences, but a look at what the 'marijuana culture' is really about. People pursuing happiness in their own way. Harming no one...nor their property. That’s my contribution to helping point out just how ludicrous our pot laws truly are. I hope you check it out.
FlyingTooLow July 30, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The 'marijuana culture' 5.0 out of 5 stars If David Sedaris had written 'Catcher in the Rye'..this would be it, June 30, 2012 Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Shoulda Robbed a Bank (Kindle Edition) I have never smoked pot in my life...nor do I ever care to. I read about this book in numerous Huffington Post comments. Thought I would read it because I know nothing about marijuana or the people involved with it. I am ecstatic that I did. Funny, Funny, Funny!!! The chapters are like short stories. Stories about unloading boats with helicopters, close encounters with law enforcement, traveling through the jungles of South America. The chapter about the author's first time smoking marijuana made me feel like I was with him...coughing. All of the characters were just a group of loveable, nice guys and girls. Not what I had been raised to believe...hysterical maniacs high on pot bent on death and mayhem. They were nothing like that. If you have ever read any of David Sedaris' books, and like them...you will love Shoulda Robbed a Bank. And the crazy things happening reminded me of Holden Caufield in 'Catcher in the Rye' and the way he staggered through life. The way the words are put together are like nothing I have ever heard. I am sure I will use many of the sayings found in this book just to dazzle my friends. A terrific read. I love this book.
Bob July 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Dumb? Maybe. The article does not state that the car was hers - just that she was driving it. I have heard horror tales of people finding contraband in rented cars that were supposidely "cleaned" before they took the car. I don't quite agree that is was a waste of court and police resources - it DID get a message out!
Chris July 30, 2012 at 05:26 PM
If you lived in California this could have been obtained legally through a dispensery of medical marijuana. However, the DEA still raid these places regularly because the Federal Government does not recognize that Prop. 215 allows people to have and use marijuana for a host of medical issues. You wait until the government figures out a way to control the growth and distribution of cannabis and they will make plenty of tax money on it.


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