When in doubt, it probably isn’t a good idea to send pennies to your workplace—especially not on your day off.
A box containing about three pounds of cannabis was found in a package at a used car dealership, which was addressed to a CarMax employee in Gastonia, North Carolina, according to the Gastonia Police Department (GPD). Employees at CarMax regularly receive packages at work, but this particular box was suspicious enough that they investigated it. The box was shipped from a place in Hollywood, Californiawhere cannabis is legal, but not on such a large scale.
Unfortunately, CarMax employee Michael Williams, 39, wasn’t at work the day the package arrived, so he couldn’t hide it to keep it under wraps. Williams’ fellow employees called authorities when they found the box, and police confiscated the pot.
But the local police officers didn’t: They re-filled the box with three-pound weights to mimic bags of weed, causing Williams to incriminate himself. This was the evidence they needed to cite and send to prison.
“[We] Put some items in the crate that weigh about three pounds, close the crate, and wait for the suspect, Mr. Williams, to come to work claiming that package.” Rick Goodall of GPD Tell the Charlotte Observer. GPD posted a photo of what appears to be three sealed lb. bags that were in the package.
When Williams returned to CarMax to report for work on his next shift, he confirmed that the package was for him. Then the police officers arrested him on May 22.
California allows adults 21 and older to possess cannabis, but only 28.5 grams of personal cannabis without a specific license. Also, shipping pot across state lines is always a no-go. Finding cannabis in this amount at someone’s workplace is pretty out of the ordinary.
“Most of the time, he goes to homes,” Goodall said, “It’s very unusual for me to go to a company.”
GPD police officers believe William’s operation has been going on for some time.
Williams is in a bond position after posting bail. in North Carolina, It is a felony to have 1.5 ounces to 10 pounds of cannabiswith penalties of 3 to 8 months in prison, and a $1,000 fine, notes NORML.
CarMax is under scrutiny
CarMax tried to distance himself from Williams, saying he was not directly employed by them – just a contractor. They released a statement last Wednesday, saying, “CarMax was founded on integrity and doing the right thing and we appreciate the quick response from the local police department.”
Hiring contractors can be beneficial when there are fluctuating workloads, but it is also a way for companies to avoid delivering benefits.
While it’s common to find lemons in a CarMax, finding a receptacle somewhere is something completely new.
CarMax has come under increasing scrutiny because A huge number of complaints about the sale of lemons in dealershipsLemon Company Report. The Lemon Firm was founded by one of the top trial attorneys in Lemon Law in California, Michael Rosenstein.
In some cases, CarMax customers said they were not informed that the vehicles they were buying were involved in accidents or had other major damage. Others claim that CarMax misrepresented the current condition of the cars, leading them to believe they would get an excellent deal. Read what some Reddit users have to say He said about the situation.