Dog busts Atascadero State Hospital pot party
January 13, 2010
A canine police officer is being credited with busting a group of patients at Atascadero State Hospital for allegedly smoking marijuana on Jan. 5.
After the canine officer discovered a group of patients that smelled of marijuana, two patients were charged with bringing a controlled substance into a place where prisoners of the state are located, sources said
Approximately 16 patients from four dormitories in Unit 29 were discovered to have been smoking the contraband. Staff members, from three shifts, said they did not smell, hear or see anything, sources said.
Hospital officials said they are unable to discuss the incident because of an ongoing investigation and patient privacy laws. However, sources tell CalCoastNews the investigation has generated at least six supplemental incident reports.
Two narcotic and marijuana scent trained dogs work at the maximum security facility performing inspections.