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Dumb Criminal of the Week: The Guy Who Brought 32 Bags of Weed into a Courtroom

  1. Basoodler
    Name: Marquis Diggs

    Crime: Possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

    Fatal mistake: Bringing drugs into a courtroom.

    The circumstances: December 14 was a very bad day for 29-year-old Jersey City resident Marquis Diggs. That morning, he woke up, grabbed his coat, and headed off to family court, where his mother was waiting to file a restraining order against him. Upon his arrival, Diggs was promptly arrested on several outstanding warrants. The Jersey Journal reports that a subsequent search revealed “32 bags of suspected marijuana” and $176 in Diggs’ coat pocket. The drugs were seized and Diggs was arrested again.

    Unfortunately for Diggs, the Hudson County Administration Building—where he and his mother were facing off—is located within walking distance of four schools. Under New Jersey state law, there are severe penalties for dealers who bring drugs within 1000 feet of school property. Diggs now faces an extra three years without parole tacked onto his sentence, unless he draws a kindly judge (which he probably won’t). He’ll also face the charges on the outstanding warrants. But on the plus side, given that he'll be in jail for a while, his mom’s restraining order is probably a moot point.

    How he could’ve been a lot smarter: Diggs could’ve worn a different coat. Seven out of 10 impromptu courthouse arrests come about because the perp accidentally wore his “crime coat” instead of, say, a nice blue blazer.

    How he could’ve been a little smarter: He could’ve left some of those baggies at home. Unless we’re talking about Willie Nelson, anyone caught carrying 32 bags of weed is going to be mistaken for a drug dealer. If he’d had, say, one or two baggies it’d be easier to argue that he’s just a laid back dude who likes to keep things mellow.

    How he could’ve been a little dumber: “No, no, judge, you don’t understand. I brought these drugs for you, as a bribe.”

    How he could’ve been a lot dumber: He could've completed his outfit by matching his "crime coat" with his "murder pants," containing 32 bags of blood matching up with 32 unsolved Jersey City homicides.

    Ultimate Dumbness Ranking (UDR): This was pretty damn dumb. Though our national attitudes toward marijuana use are evolving, the winds of change haven’t yet blown through the municipal buildings of Jersey City. Maybe in 10 years or so we’ll see judges toking on the bench and jurors playing hacky sack to the sounds of Government Mule bootlegs. But for now, criminals would be advised to keep their drugs at home on their court dates. Courthouses are overrun with cops trained to notice suspicious bulges, computers that will reveal any outstanding warrants, and X-ray machines that will scan your coat and discover your weed. If you insist on ignoring these points, you deserve whatever fate befalls you. 7 out of 10 for Marquis Diggs.



  1. Basoodler
    Cops: Jersey City man had 32 bags of marijuana in Hudson family court Michaelangelo Conte/The Jersey Journal 12/17/2012 4:38 PM

    [Imgl=white] http://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30674&stc=1&d=1356802056[/IMGl] A Jersey City man was charged with multiple drug counts after showing up in family court Friday with 32 bags of suspected marijuana on him, officials said today.

    Marquis Diggs, 29, of Ocean Avenue, was arrested in the Hudson County Administration Building in Jersey City at 10:30 a.m. and charged with drug counts including possession with intent to distribute within 1,000 feet of a school, officials said.

    Diggs was arrested by Hudson County sheriff's officers during an appearance before Hudson County Superior Court-Family Division Judge Mark Baber when it was determined there were warrants for his arrest out of Jersey City Municipal Court, a report says. After his arrest, a search revealed the suspected marijuana in his jacket pocket, as well as $176, the report says.

    He had been in family court with his mother, who was there to drop a restraining order against Diggs.

    Diggs made his first court appearance on the charges yesterday afternoon in Central Judicial Processing court in Jersey City via video link from Hudson County jail in Kearny. He is scheduled to appear in Jersey City Municipal Court on the warrants today, court officials said.

  2. Dmitri24
    Damn what a dumbass, i dont even see why he went to court in the first place with warrents lol
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