If you are the person who hid a duffel bag full of marijuana in Mack Reed’s backyard, don’t bother coming back for it. Reed discovered the pot, which was neatly labeled and packed into jars and vacuum-sealed plastic baggies, inside an underground vault next to his hot tub in Silver Lake. After waiting more than 90 minutes for police to arrive, Reed, who describes the discovery in his Toxic Data Spill blog (h/t L.A. Observed), worried about what would happen if the person who hid that bag full of pot came back to look for it.
LAPD Sgt. Adrienne Legaspi, who collected the pot, offered to put up yellow, crime-scene tape. Reed wanted to leave “kind of a fuck-off message” but Legaspi advised against that. She suggested posting the LAPD confiscated-property receipt by the hot tub. Here’s what Reed ended up doing:
I rush back to my desk, and Photoshop up a little 8×10 poster with the photo of her inventorying the stash, and the message: “We found it and called LAPD. They confiscated it and now are watching the place. Sorry.” I sheathe it in Saran Wrap against the weather, close the hatches [to the vault], and thumbtack the message to the wood. And I head back to work, wondering what will happen when the owner returns. I can only hope he/she’ll bug out, seeing nothing left for them here but LAPD scrutiny.
Reed estimates that the pot was worth $175,000.