Loaded, baked, potato: Police find guns, weed-filled Pringles can in car - Brooklyn Paper

Loaded, baked, potato: Police find guns, weed-filled Pringles can in car

Chips ahoy: Police say they found weed inside a Pringles can — like these ones — during a traffic stop in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.
Associated Press / Pat Wellenbach

Once you pot, you can’t stop.

Four guys allegedly drove through Prospect Lefferts Gardens carrying a Pringles can full of weed and two loaded guns, say police who arrested the quartet after pulling their car to the curb on Wednesday afternoon.

Officers from the Brooklyn South Gang Unit were patrolling near Maple Street and Bedford Avenue at 2 pm, when they spotted and stopped a 2009 Nissan Maxima with tinted windows and its rear license plate conspicuously obscured, police said.

Inside, the officers allegedly discovered the chip canister filled with the sticky icky, so they cuffed the four gents — two from the neighborhood, one from Queens, and the fourth visiting from Florida — and took them and their car back to the local precinct house, according to a report.

Police then called in a canine unit to investigate further, and veteran dog detective Timoshenko’s highly evolved schnoz led him straight to the driver-side door panel, which he clawed open revealing a loaded Glock 40 semi-automatic handgun that had been reported stolen as well as a Smith and Wesson 9-millimeter inside, police said.

Authorities charged all four men for criminal possession of weapons, stolen goods, and grass.

This isn’t the first time cops have accused alleged crooks of using snack-food containers to ferry drugs — police arrested 25 people last month who were allegedly involved in a heroin distribution operation that smuggled dope inside Apple Jacks cereal boxes.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Taking a bite out of crime: Dog detective Timoshenko used his superior sluething skills to sniff out a pair of illicit pistols stashed in a 2009 Nissan Maxima, in which four men were riding before cops busted them for carrying a Pringles can full of pot on Oct. 7. Timoshenko is named after hero cop Russel Timoshenko, who died amidst a hail of gunfire just a few blocks from where Wednesday’s suspects were nabbed.

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