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‘Littering and smoking the reefer’: Someone turned in a bag filled with pot to Braintree Police

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It seems as though someone has been watching “Super Troopers” in their spare time — or at least has some one-liners from the film committed to memory.

In a tweet Tuesday morning about a lost-and-found bag containing a hefty amount of marijuana, police in Braintree included a hashtag of a line from the 2001 cop-comedy.

“Anyone lose a gym bag containing a huge amount of cannabis near 5 corners last night? Don’t panic, a Good Samaritan found it in the road and brought it to our station,” police reported on Twitter. “Please come to the police station to collect it. #LitteringAndSmokingTheReefer.”


The line police referenced in their tweet is from a scene at the beginning of “Super Troopers” that’s become synonymous with the film.

In the cult classic, two troopers pull over a carload of occupants, one of whom begins “freaking out” due to the police scrutiny while intoxicated.

In the scene, an officer says, “You want to know why I pulled you over? Littering.” He then holds up a bag of marijuana, later adding, “And smoking the reefer.”

Braintree police shared a picture on Twitter of the stash of marijuana that was turned in by the “Good Samaritan.”

A sticker on the front of the bag of pot said “Destroy,” which could indicate that police plan on getting rid of the bounty — despite trying to entice the owner of the bag to come forward in a tongue-in-cheek manner.

In a press release, police said the bag of pot was discovered in the road around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The man who found it was looking for identification when he noticed two bags “believed to be marijuana” inside the backpack. Police said each of the bags weighed one pound. The incident is under investigation.


Marijuana became legal in Massachusetts in 2016. State law allows people to possess up to 1 ounce of the leafy substance while in public. However, residents can keep up to 10 ounces of cannabis at home. Smoking in public is not allowed, and doing so carries a $100 fine.

This isn’t the first time that a police department has dared the owner of a large amount of pot to come and collect their goods at the police station.

In August, officers in the New Hampshire town of Marlborough confiscated 25 marijuana plants from private land after a tipster called it in.

Police made light of the situation on social media, writing, “FACT: Possessing small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in NH. FACT: This doesn’t mean you can grow 25 marijuana plants on someone else’s property.”

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.