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Mechanic Finds Marijuana Filled Gas Tank

A St. Paul mechanic found 157 pounds of marijuana in the gas tank of a pickup truck on Monday. A man and woman were arrested but later released without being charged.

Marvin E. Kennedy, 48, and Patsy R. Floyd, 62, told authorities they were traveling from Washington to Chicago when they stopped at the Midas Auto Service Experts at 1415 White Bear Ave, because they were having car problems. A mechanic working on their truck noticed fresh weld spots on the gas tank and called the police.

The gas tank had been converted into two compartments, one containing fuel and the other over 150 pounds of pot.

Federal charges are usually filed in cases involving 500 pounds or more, but Ramsey County prosecutors could still file charges.

The Midas Mechanic who made the discovery received a death threat Wednesday, that is most likely related to his finding, authorities said.

The marijuana came from Mexico and would sell for $1000 a pound in Minnesota, police said.

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