Oil Change Ends in Possession Charge

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A Lovell, Wyoming, man pleaded guilty in March to a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance, according to Gillette News Record.

It all started when Jacob Rooney, 38, took his 2000 Chrysler van to Coutler Car Care to get his oil changed last August. Workers found a Mason jar of marijuana under the hood of the van and called the Powell police.

Rooney claimed he was being set up.

“I asked Rooney if he had any money on him, since he still needed to pay for the oil change,” Officer Cody Bradley wrote. “Rooney got his wallet out of his back pocket and made a statement about paying for a ‘felony oil change.’”

Rooney was initially charged with a felony count of possession, which can be applied when someone has more than three ounces of a controlled substance in plant form. The Mason jar found in Rooney's van contained 3.28 ounces. The charge was reduced to a misdemeanor as part of a plea deal.

Between court costs and fines, it was one expensive oil change.

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