Sunbathers Busted With $33K in Marijuana

A couple claiming to be sunbathing inside a parked car were sitting on $33,000 worth of concentrated cannabis and marijuana, deputies discovered Tuesday.

According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, a Fallbrook deputy saw the couple hanging out inside a car that was awkwardly parked in the 2700 block of Pala Road at around 8:15 a.m.

When the deputy approached the couple, the man and woman told the deputy they were “sunning themselves because it improves their serotonin.”

Officials said the deputy immediately smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle. When he looked inside, the deputy discovered a large haul that included 13 ounces of concentrated cannabis, 8.87 pounds of processed marijuana and 20 grams of pot that had been rolled into joints.

The concentrated cannabis had an estimated street value of $15,000 while the processed pot was worth $18,000, officials said.

The man inside the vehicle, 24-year-old Humboldt County resident Adam Mathison, admitted the marijuana was his. He told the deputy he brought the pot from Humboldt County to San Diego to allegedly use at a gathering taking place on the Pauma Indian Reservation.

Mathison was arrested and charged with several counts, including transportation and possession of marijuana for sale. He was booked into the Vista Detention Facility and is scheduled to appear in court Thursday.

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