In 2006, a sheriff’s deputy in Albuquerque pulled over a vehicle that was suspected to have been involved in a minor traffic accident.
When the officer approached the car, he found a somewhat confused looking young man who seemed to be wrestling with a moral dilemma.
Before the deputy even began the interrogation process, the driver blurted out:
“I’ve got to be honest with you. There’s 100 pounds of weed in the trunk.”
A quick search of the vehicle’s trunk — aided by the willing driver — revealed 68 bricks of marijuana, not cleverly concealed. Perhaps the driver thought that the traffic citation he was facing was worse than a drug conviction and he wanted to work out an on-the-spot plea deal.
That approach did not work for the hapless driver and it clearly shot holes in his theory that honesty is the best policy.