Suspect says meth pipe was ‘gardening tool’

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 19, 2014 at 12:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 19 at 6:44 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -- Spokane County deputies said a man tried to get out of trouble by saying his meth pipe was a gardening tool.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Christopher Dahlman, 22, was acting suspicious near the Fred Meyer on Sprague and Sullivan.  A deputy reported seeing Dahlman hand something to a man on a bicycle.  When the deputy tried to talk to him, the deputy said Dahlman ran into the store, left, and was later found hiding under some shopping carts.

Dahlman told the deputy he ran because he thought the deputy had a warrant, investigators said.

Dahlman told KREM 2 News that he was avoiding the deputy because he does not like law enforcement.

Meanwhile, another deputy searched Dahlman’s car and found a glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine on the driver’s seat, according to the Sheriff’s Office.  Investigators said Dahlman told them the pipe it belonged to his girlfriend and that she used it for gardening.

The Sheriff’s office said residue taken from the pipe was believed to be methamphetamine, according to preliminary test results taken from the field.

KREM 2 News spoke with Dahlman on Wednesday and he stuck to his story and said the pipe was just some innocent gardening equipment.

“Yeah. The gardening tool is a glass valve that goes into your plants. It's for indoor plants, it holds water in them. They tried to tell me it was drugs,” said Dahlman.

Dahlman was booked into jail for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Obstructing.    He said he is eager to see his case play out in court.
 

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