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Book buyer gets more than he bargained for

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As garage sales go, this one was a doozy.

David Bessler ought to know. He goes to nearly 1,000 each week prowling for bargains - inventory he resells at The Peddler near Kabekona Corner.

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Bessler went to a sale near Laporte May 29 and bought some books. This particular book, "American Indian," has a good resale value, usually 2,000 percent.

But this particular copy had something else in between the pages - some marijuana leaves drying. Bessler discovered the stash after he returned to his shop.

"I'm a former cop and I'm the weed inspector in my township," Bessler said. "I know what marijuana looks like."

His police duty was a three-year stint as a military cop, stationed in Germany.

He described the contraband as "five sprigs, you know, five to six leaves," Bessler said. "They were still green."

(For the rest of the story, see Wednesday's Enterprise.)

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