Police say Florida woman had three suitcases of pot


More states than ever have waved the green flag on weed from a medical and/or adult-use perspective.

American Airlines flight 4204 to Tallahassee, Florida, was loaded down with an extra 63 pounds of contraband after police say a local woman brought marijuana back from San Francisco, according to The Tallahassee Democrat, which is part of the USA TODAY Network. 

Celeste Dorsey, 25, was arrested at the Tallahassee International Airport Friday when she picked up three suitcases from the luggage carousel, which Tallahassee Police say each contained 21 individually wrapped packages of marijuana.

She faces charges of trafficking in marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

Tallahassee Police dogs alerted to the luggage after it was removed from the plane. Field exams tested positive for cannabis.

Dorsey told police the pot wasn’t hers.

“Dorsey indicated if any contraband is inside her luggage that it was placed inside the luggage by airport personnel,” police wrote in their report.  

Dorsey and a man, who was not arrested, deboarded the plane and grabbed the luggage when they were stopped.

Dorsey’s arrest comes at a time when State Attorney Jack Campbell told law enforcement agencies in the 2nd Judicial Circuit that he would not be pursuing marijuana cases until a test is adopted that can tell the difference between it and hemp, which is legal to possess.

The 2018 Farm Bill and the Florida Legislature legalized hemp with less than .3% THC, the psychoactive ingredient that causes a high.

Campbell told law enforcement on Tuesday that traditional methods of establishing probable cause to make marijuana arrests, using dogs, by smell and field test kits, were no longer reliable because both it and hemp were nearly indistinguishable without refined testing methods. Florida does not have a state-run or private lab that can distinguish the THC content of cannabis. 

Tallahassee police said that what Dorsey was caught with was clearly not hemp.

“The cannabis packaging and quantity is outside of any type of medical marijuana guidelines within the State of Florida,” investigators wrote. “Additionally, there were no indicators that the cannabis was otherwise legal under Florida Statutes.

Contact Karl Etters at or @KarlEtters on Twitter

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