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Marijuana-smoking igloo leads to bust for University of Utah students
First Published Feb 26 2014 01:31 pm • Last Updated Feb 26 2014 04:42 pm

Four University of Utah students got creative earlier this year when they decided to use a hidden snow igloo to smoke weed on campus.

University of Utah police Sgt. Garth Smith said the students either constructed or found an abandoned igloo made of snow that had walls about 10 inches thick and was about four feet tall in the woods in the Red Butte Creek area between resident housing and Research Park.

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Smith said the igloo, which was large enough to hold four men, was pretty well camouflaged. A campus security guard was passing by the area in late January and heard some noises, walked over and discovered the igloo and the men inside.

When police arrived, they smelled a strong odor of marijuana and found the four students inside allegedly smoking marijuana.

One of the students was cited with marijuana and drug paraphernalia possession. All were referred to campus officials to determine what punishment was sufficient for being caught smoking marijuana on campus, Smith said.

Smith said the incident was a first for him in 14 years as a university police officer.


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