Man hands over dirty socks instead of weed

  • 10/08/2015
One male foot in slippers, other in sock with hole

By 3 News online staff

A US man is awaiting sentence after admitting to swindling a couple wanting to buy marijuana but instead of giving them the drugs, handed over a bag of dirty socks.

The couple, from Raisin Township in Michigan, gave $2800 to Michael Rafael Suarez, 33, but realised too late that they'd got his dirty laundry instead, The Daily Telegram reports.

Suarez has pleaded guilty to a charge of false pretences between $1000 and $20,000. A couple who admitted going with him to the Lee Villa mobile home park have pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Police say the three were stopped by local police on July 8 as they sped away from the trailer park and ran a stop sign around 1:30am.

At that point, a man pulled up in his car telling police his girlfriend had been robbed by those in the car.

While appearing in the Lenawee County Circuit Court, Suarez said he'd got a phone call from a friend who had some people wanting to buy 400gm of marijuana.

"He brought socks instead of marijuana. That's the false pretences", public defender John Glaser told the court.

Suarez also tricked his accomplices into driving him to the drop off location.

"I actually lied to them about what we were going there for," he told Judge Anna Marie Anzalone.

In the meantime, the $2800 has been taken by police as evidence and will be subject to a civil drug seizure claim.

Suarez will be sentenced in September and faces up to seven-and-a-half years in prison because of his previous offending.

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