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Police: Man who tried to mask marijuana odor with Mason jar charged with possession

Contrary to what people may think, Mason jars don’t mask the odor of marijuana, police say.

A Salisbury man tried to do just that Wednesday, but was charged with felony marijuana possession.

Salisbury Police charged Dashon Edward Hopkins, 20, of the 400 block of Union Heights Boulevard, with felony possession with the intent to sell and deliver a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was issued a $2,500 bond and has since been released from the Rowan County Detention Center.

Officers were at 355 Ludwick Ave., when they spotted Hopkins. He was standing in front of a house there. Police were in the area following a rash of criminal activity including break-ins and shots fired in the area.

Officers spoke with Hopkins, who admitted he had drugs on him. Police searched a backpack and found a Mason jar that contained 28 grams of marijuana. He also had $86 in cash on him and digital scales.

Police say people try to mask the odor of marijuana using Mason jars, but it doesn’t completely cover the smell.

Hopkins was convicted in September 2013 of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.

He was also convicted in November 2012 of misdemeanor marijuana possession. In both incidents, Hopkins received probation. Hopkins has pending cases involving traffic infractions in Rowan County.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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