Woman finds bags of weed in Reno County

Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:13:36 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 10 2014 06:30:06 AM CDT

A Reno County woman found a plastic bag that looked suspicious, then learned it was filled with drugs.

Wendy Flickinger lives west of Hutchinson in the county and takes Peace Street to 4th when she goes into town. There's not much out there, but she noticed something unusual and green sticking out of the grass. "I look over and I found a bag, a plastic bag, with other plastic bags in it and I'm going what is that?"

Flickinger grabbed the mystery package and took it back down the dirt road to her home. "We have a welding company at our house and I asked the guys, I said what is this? They said, oh my gosh that's pot," she said.

So Flickinger did what anyone would do. She picked up her best friend, Pat Cartwright. "She called me and said I'm in your drive. She said you want to come out and see what I got," said Cartwright. "I thought oh my God, well who did you rob this time?"

But it wasn't Flickinger's, she promised, and Flickinger wanted to make sure authorities knew that before she drove it 17 miles to the Reno County Sheriff's Office. "I told the dispatcher, I said now look, you make sure you have my name," said Flickinger. "If I get stopped you need to back me up here because I do not want to go to jail for this."

Deputies were glad they turned the drugs in, but had some advice just in case this happens again in the future. "What they probably should've done is identified it, or if they didn't know what it was don't touch it, don't mess with it," said Captain Darrian Campbell. "Let officers come to them, that way we can seize it, process it, do what we need to try to identify who it might've belonged to."

Captain Campbell says the situation would be hard to explain if they were pulled over. "That would've been an interesting traffic stop to conduct and hear that story," he said.

Deputies say the marijuana was separated into five baggies, more than likely to be sold. "I thought it was $10,000," said Cartwright.

She and Flickinger thought the pot might be a jackpot for the criminal-type. Officers say it's several hundred dollars worth, not thousands, but the ladies will be cashing in on a priceless story worth telling.