“Real Men Of Genius”
Today we salute you, Mr. Moronic Mule:
Birmingham Police Wednesday announced the seizure of 7 kilos of cocaine and the arrest of two men from a Tuesday morning traffic stop on Interstate 20/59.
Captain Michael Fisher, head of the department’s vice and narcotics division, said the cocaine has a street value of $175,000.
The men whose, identities were not released, have been arrested, but not charged. They are being held in the Birmingham City Jail, Fisher said.
The drugs were discovered in hidden compartments during a traffic stop after the men were pulled over for speeding in a 1995 Buick Park Avenue. They were near the 1st Avenue North exit on I-20/59 and said they were en route to Atlanta from Dallas.
The men, who displayed suspicious behavior, consented to a search.
O.k., the speeding is dumb enough. But why in the h-e-double-hockey-sticks would they consent to a search when they knew they had umpteen thousand dollars worth of cocaine in the car? When I was in law school and read about stuff like this, my reaction was always something like “yeah, they ‘consented,’ right, during a beat down, maybe.” Now, though, I’ve interviewed enough clients to know that, nope, these guys probably just went ahead and told the cops to search the car. Why? I still don’t know, but for some reason people in that situation think it’s going to help them if they let the cops search the car. Like the cops are going to say “Oh, well, we found all this cocaine, but because you were honest with us, we’ll let you go this time.” As these guys are in the process of finding out, that’s delusional. When it comes to requests to search, the only safe response is to just say no.
Anyway, criminals don’t have a monopoly on stupidity. The second salute is to this swat team (thanks Loretta):