Iowa City Police: Transporting Marijuana In Fake Cans Nothing New
By Mark Carlson, Reporter
IOWA CITY, Iowa — A recent arrest of a UI dental student and staff member has cast a small spotlight on so-called “false compartment containers,” according to Iowa City police sergeant Denise Brotherton.
Geoffrey Alan Skinner, 27, of Iowa City, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of making “false compartment containers” to distribute marijuana to fellow dental students, according to police records. Brotherton said the containers are not new to police, who often check containers for false compartments.
“They’re marketed as a place to store your valuables, and obviously drug users and abusers have found out it’s a good place to hide illegal objects,” said Brotherton.
Compartment containers are not illegal and sold in a number of downtown businesses. Brotherton said police have noticed some change in the types of cans being sold.
“Years ago it would have been a Coke can, now it’s Monster, anything,” she said.
The cans, or similar objects, are typically weighted the same as a full can. The tops twist off, and there is no fluid inside.
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