By Jon Johnson
SAFFORD – I learned it from watching you, ok?
Those of a certain age may remember that line from an anti-marijuana propaganda commercial in the 1980s, but it also may appear ring true for a Kirby vacuum sales associate.
Tiffany Louise Addington, 39, of Phoenix, was given a citation for possession of marijuana Dec. 1 after a clerk at a local hotel reported smelling burning pot. Addington later admitted that she had confiscated the pot from her teenage son at home in Phoenix before heading to Safford to sell Kirby vacuums.
Officers were dispatched to the Quality Inn & Suites at 420 E. U.S. Highway 70 at about 10:12 p.m. regarding the smell of cannabis in the hallway.
An officer located a strong odor coming from one of the rooms and knocked on the door, according to a Safford Police report.
Inside the officer found two men and Addington. All three occupants allegedly admitted to smoking pot but said there was none left. A search of the room located a small roach (last bit of a marijuana joint/cigarette) and small amount of weed in two purple bottles, along with a package of rolling papers.
Addington allegedly told officers that the group was in town selling Kirby vacuum cleaners and that when she left Phoenix to head to Safford she realized she left her phone and quickly returned to her residence. Once there, she said she caught her teenage son smoking marijuana out of a homemade water pipe (bong), and so she took the marijuana away from him and brought it with her. She said her back had been hurting lately, so she decided to smoke the cannabis to alleviate the pain. There was no indication whether the two men had similar maladies as well that influenced their decision to partake.
Addington was then given a citation for possession of marijuana and released.