Sky Harbor Airport Passenger Found With 92 Pounds of Weed in Checked Luggage

One of the weed bags ready to fly to Pittsburgh.
One of the weed bags ready to fly to Pittsburgh.

A passenger on a flight out of Phoenix's Sky Harbor airport tried to check luggage containing 92 pounds of marijuana, according to the TSA.

A TSA spokesman says the Phoenix Police Department was contacted once agents made the discovery.

According to court documents obtained by New Times, 39-year-old Lauretta Blanton had actually spread the load among three checked bags, and two of the bags actually made it onto the plane.

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The pot was heat-sealed in bags and coated with moth-balls, according to court documents.

The bust took place on Sunday inside Sky Harbor's Terminal 4, the airport's busiest terminal, which handles flights for Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, U.S. Airways, and a few others.

According to court documents, Blanton told police she was transporting the load to Pittsburgh for a man she knew only as "Q."

"Lauretta said that she knew there was marijuana in the suitcases, but she took a chance anyway because she needed the money," says an officer's probable-cause statement.

Blanton, a Phoenix resident, told police she didn't know exactly how much money she was going to get once she made the delivery in Pittsburgh. Blanton was booked into jail on a felony charge of marijuana transportation.

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