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Pot found in Skippy peanut butter jar at Oakland airport

February 19, 2012 |  1:13 pm

File photo: Marijuana plant found in the hills of Mendocino County in 1997. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles TimesA man tried to smuggle pot in a jar of Skippy peanut butter through security at Oakland International Airport last week, authorities said.

The man, 47, admitted that the pot was his, and that he was trying to hide it because he didn't have a medical marijuana card, a Transportation Security Administration spokesman told the Oakland Tribune.

TSA spokesman Nico Melendez told the newspaper that the man was detained and cited and failed to make his Delta Air Lines flight to Los Angeles last Sunday.

It's not the first time a passenger has tried to smuggle pot onto a plane in a peanut butter jar. A similar incident happened in Los Angeles several months ago. "It was Skippy, too," Melendez told the Tribune.

It seems using a peanut butter jar was a poor choice for a smuggling device.

Melendez told the San Francisco Chronicle that "peanut butter is prohibited anyway because of the liquid ban."

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: A marijuana plant found in the hills of Mendocino County in 1997. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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