Grass-for-Gas Plan Backfires

Man allegedly offers to exchange marijuana for fuel

Tuesday, Sep 1, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 PM EDT
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Grass-for-Gas Plan Backfires

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There's nothing wrong with bartering, unless it involves possession.

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NEW MARKET, Md. -- Frederick County sheriff's deputies have arrested a man after he allegedly offered store clerks in New Market marijuana to pay for gasoline.

It happened Monday about 3 p.m. at the Classic Fuels Store on Old National Pike. James T. Hart, 52, of Frederick, offered marijuana to pay for gasoline, and a clerk in the store called authorities, deputies said.

Hart and his motorcycle were searched, and deputies found suspected cocaine, Oxycodone pills and suspected marijuana, according to the sheriff's office.

Hart has been charged with possession of cocaine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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