Bags of weed seized by the Teller County Sherrif when a man tried to buy an SUV with weed instead of cash. (Courtesy of the Teller County Sheriff's Office)

Couple tries to swap bags of weed for sheriff’s SUV

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A Colorado man landed in jail after offering to trade illegal homegrown marijuana for an SUV listed on Craigslist — a vehicle that happened to be owned by a sheriff.

The Gazette reports Teller County Sheriff Jason Mikesell recently received a text from a 39-year-old Vail man offering to buy his SUV.

“I was really surprised and I thought at first, ‘Maybe this is a joke,'” Mikesell said.

The man sent photos of the product, and Mikesell says he showed the texts to detectives. A meet up was scheduled in Woodland Park in late November.

The man and a 41-year-old woman arrived for the swap and were arrested. Authorities say they found about 4 pounds (2 kilograms) of illegal marijuana in the duo’s car.

The man and woman were charged with possession with intent to sell.

Mikesell says he won’t relist the SUV on Craigslist.

Information from: The Gazette