Man finds brick of marijuana hidden inside tractor bought at government auction

Updated: 06/17/2014 10:43 PM | Created: 06/17/2014 10:40 PM
By: Kai Porter, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A Springer man got more than he bargained for after buying some old tractors at a government auction. The man found a pound of marijuana hidden inside one of them.

It turns out these old tractors were hiding a secret. Loy Ross knew they had a history when he bought them at a US Marshal's auction in Kansas last month. "They told me when I picked these up by the way, after I got down there, that they had had drugs in them." Ross said.

Ross says the six tractors were seized in a drug bust a few years ago, packed with 1,300 pounds of marijuana.

Ross was told all the drugs had been removed, so he was shocked when he noticed something strange inside one of the engines. "It really was a nasty, ugly looking thing floating in that black motor oil," Ross said.

It was a tightly wrapped brick of marijuana. US Marshals apparently didn't get all the drugs. "And I got to thinking, there might be a lot of dope in these things out here that they left," Ross said.

So, just how did the feds miss the drugs in the first place? Ross thinks when he moved a crank on the tractor's engine it loosened the drugs inside and they floated to the top of the oil.

Ross put the pot in his safe and called the cops. A few days later, US Marshals sent a deputy out to collect the drugs and search the tractors for more. "They really were embarrassed," Ross said.

Ross says they never did find any more, and he got to keep the tractors. He plans to fix them up and sell them as antiques and hopefully, no more unexpected surprises.

"They told me that that happens occasionally, on a car or something on a drug bust, that they miss some drugs. They thanked me. They said I'm glad you turned it back in and did the right thing," Ross said.

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