A couple of weeks ago a guy called me. He'd been driving east near Box Elder with NH plates and was pulled over by notorious HP Trooper Oxner, going four over. The driver was white, about 25, and his passengers were three young black men with dreads. (Four people under 30; that's "four over" I guess.)
Oxner scared the driver into giving up a pipe and a pinch of weed. He ticketed the driver with "possession of paraphernalia." He then ticketed each passenger with being in the car with a person with a pipe and took $270 from each one on the spot. There is no law against being near a person with paraphernalia. The passengers will have to return to Rapid City to contest the highway robbery. Of course, that's not economically viable, and that amounts to extortion on the part of the sociopathic Trooper Oxner.
A week later a woman called me who had been pulled over by Oxner for driving with Colorado plates in SD. She gave up her small stash and pointed out her edible cannabis products to Oxner. She also produced a CO medical card. Oxner asked what medical condition she had that required cannabis.
She told him of her fibromyalgia. He said, "That's not good enough in SD. You don't have cancer or glaucoma." He ticketed her for possession of paraphernalia, took her cannabis medicine and a pipe, and ticketed her passenger for being in the car ($270 again). He let her take her edible cannabis preparations with her.
His comments are a joke. Cannabis is illegal in SD, period. Jes' funnin' with the outastate hicks, I guess.
I see in the Journal today that Oxner just took 78 pounds of cannabis "off the street" from a guy with KY plates. The story says Oxner's dog indicated presence of cannabis during a walkaround. Oxner's dog has never failed to "indicate" whenever Oxner wants to search. No one knows how many people Oxner has searched after an "indication" and not found cannabis. They don't complain; they just leave black marks trying to avoid spending any money in SD.
But a Kentucky guy will suck up So. Dak. funds being tried and doing time for weed that would never have seen the light in So. Dak. had it not been for the sociopathic Trooper Oxner. Way to win.