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Audio recording released of paranoid pot smugglers' 911 call

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   Jan. 22, 2016 at 2:21 PM

REXBURG, Idaho, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Police in Idaho released audio of a 911 call from a pair of pot-smoking drug smugglers who convinced themselves they were being followed by undercover cops.

The Rexburg Police Department released audio this week of the Jan. 23, 2015, 911 call made by Leland Ayala-Doliente, 22, while he was in the car with Holland Sward, 23, and about 20 pounds of marijuana.

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Police said the duo had been smoking marijuana and became paranoid that they were being followed by authorities in unmarked vehicles while transporting their load of pot from Las Vegas to Bozeman, Mont.

"Hi, uh, we're the two dumb [expletive] that got caught trying to bring some stuff through your border and all your cops are just driving around us like a bunch of jack wagons and I'd just like for you guys to end it. If you could help me out with that, we would like to just get on with it," Ayala-Doliente told the 911 dispatcher.

Ayala-Doliente told the dispatcher there were "a bunch of your cops driving around in a bunch of civilian cars not wanting to pick us up. I don't know what's the deal. I was just wondering if you could help us out and just end it."

Ayala-Doliente gave the dispatcher directions to the vehicle, where police found both suspects with their hands behind their heads.

"We got caught and we're surrendering," court documents quoted Sward as telling officers.

Rexburg Police Cpt. Randy Lewis told East Idaho News there were no police officers following the pair at the time of the 911 call.

The marijuana was estimated to have a street value of about $16,000.

Sward pleaded guilty in June to possession with intent to deliver, amended down from an original charge of felony marijuana possession. He was given a five-year prison sentence, which District Judge Greg Moeller suspended in favor of five years of probation and 30 days in jail.

Ayala-Doliente was sentenced in November to one and a half to eight years in prison. Moeller increased the sentence because Ayala-Doliente tested positive for marijuana, cocaine and oxycodone on the day of his sentencing.

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