A Texas couple was recently pulled over by police who believed they had a marijuana leaf bumper sticker on their car. The bumper sticker was actually representing the Ohio State Buckeyes. Now, the Texas couple is saying they were wrongfully pulled over by the police.
The police said they received a call from another police officer that the couple driving the car may be involved in a marijuana drug trafficking ring because of the bumper sticker on their vehicle that looked like a marijuana leaf. The Ohio State Buckeye bumper sticker had a big green plant with five leaves on it, which the police mistook for a marijuana leaf.
After the police pulled the vehicle over, they asked the driver to get out of the car and why they had a marijuana sticker on the back of their car. The driver then told the police that it was an Ohio State Buckeye bumper sticker. The police did not arrest the driver or other passenger in the vehicle. Instead, the police told them they should remove the bumper sticker to prevent future confusion.
While this specific case is a bit unusual, drivers can be pulled over by police for many reasons, including the suspicion that they are involved in illegal drug activity. Police may want to search a driver's vehicle after he or she has been pulled over during a traffic stop. If police find any illegal substances in a person's vehicle, they will most likely be arrested and charged for drug possession.
Drug possession is a serious offense in Texas. Individuals who have been arrested and charged with a drug crime after a traffic stop should contact a criminal defense attorney to discuss their case and make sure their rights weren't violated. If police had no reason to stop or search a driver's vehicle, the charges may be dismissed.
Source: NBC News, "Couple Miffed Buckeye Symbol Confused for Pot Leaf," Catherine Ross, Feb. 18, 2013