Cops try to catch author of "Weed For Sale!!!" Facebook post [UPDATE]

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weedforsale.jpg
Facebook via the Bemidji Pioneer
Two six-packs of weed, with a soda can for scale.
The popular Facebook page "Bemidji Area Online Sale" -- a kind of local Craigslist for the northern Minnesota city -- helps connect buyers and sellers of just about everything, from cars to pets.

On July 29, something new popped up on the page. "WEED FOR SALE!!!" the post read, and included a photo: a dozen neatly stacked jars just a little larger than a soda can, packed with dense green nuggets.

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The administrator of the Facebook page, Shawn Williams, quickly found himself in strange territory. As the post racked up more than 200 comments, Williams fielded angry calls asking him to take down the photo.

But then the police were involved. They needed the post to stay up, according to the Bemidji Pioneer, so that they could track it.

The original poster, identified on Facebook as "Darrin Michael Thompson (Darrin Fuller)," informed interested commenters that he'd be ready to make a sale in the parking lot at the Target.

"in a black and silver taurus if yall serious lol," he wrote, the Bemidji Pioneer reported.

Two Beltrami County Sheriff's Office deputies staked out the parking lot, but the Taurus never showed.

Online sleuthing, however, offered another clue. While police weren't able to get any leads from tracking the poster's IP address, a reverse Google image search had another hit for the soda can image: It first showed up on the marijuana forum www.buymarijuanaseeds.com in May 2009.

If Thompson's aim was to see if he could catch any believers with a hoax, then it worked: He got the police.

Now, any other Bemidji dealers trying to peddle their goods will have a harder time doing so on the same Facebook page. A week after Thompson's July 29 photo ignited a local controversy, Williams deleted tens of thousands of photos from the page, and changed his guidelines for posting.

UPDATE 2:25 p.m.:
Still on the case, the Bemidji police tracked down the Facebook user behind the original "WEED FOR SALE!!!" post. Turns out, the guy wasn't out to prank the cops: He was the victim of a prank himself.

Police Chief Mike Mastin told the Associated Press this morning that the poster's friends had hacked into his account and posted in the online market without his knowledge.

Now that they know for sure that a dozen jars of marijuana aren't floating around their city waiting to be sold, the Bemidji police will drop the case, Mastin said.





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19 comments
Matthew Hanson
Matthew Hanson

Those cops are so dumb they probably don't even realize there's more than likely ten times that amount circulating their city right now, with absolutely no consequence.

Matthew Hanson
Matthew Hanson

"Now that they know for sure that a dozen jars of marijuana aren't floating around their city waiting to be sold," Oh thank God. Unlock your doors and open your blinds, folks. Let your children back outside. We can rest easy tonight.

Joe Duggan
Joe Duggan

so none of those jars are actually for sale?

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

how does one do a reverse google image search???  there must be a url in fileaname of pic


how else would one do this??



Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

What?! Someone lying on the internets?????? Why I never!

kyl3wyld
kyl3wyld

What a waste of taxpayers dollars all over a hoax because of a plant that should be legal in the first place.

Christina Holland
Christina Holland

I live in Bemidji and saw this on FB and laughed.. when I saw it on the front pay of our local newspaper yesterday.. I lowered my head in shame at our local authorities... it's a joke people, pull the stick out of you ass.

Ashley Morris
Ashley Morris

What's the problem? Just a little marketing...

Alex Anderson
Alex Anderson

You forgot to mention the part where he said he could do better deals and/or trade for bitches.

j.reiter
j.reiter

You think that there is only a couple pounds of weed in Bemidji? lol; that's very likely an understatment.

_Joe_
_Joe_

@digitalprotocol You're new to the internet, aren't you?


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_Joe_
_Joe_

@TC4L nah, you just have a big mouth.

TC4L
TC4L

Joe has a small peter.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@_Joe_ thanks for holding my hand and calling me names. You are so wise, a web GOD you are

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