updated 4/7/2005 11:46:37 AM ET 2005-04-07T15:46:37

A man who went to the sheriff’s department to bail someone out has wound up in jail himself —after police noticed the money he handed them reeked of marijuana.

Timothy Richards of Columbus, Ind., went to the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department to pay the $400 to get his brother-in-law out of jail.

A dispatcher noticed that the cash smelled funny and asked a state trooper to investigate. Authorities say Richards allowed the trooper to search his car and was arrested when the trooper found some marijuana and a pipe.

Police didn’t confiscate the cash, so Richard’s brother-in-law got out of jail. He returned a few hours later with $250 to get Richards out.

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