REDWOOD CITY -- A Sebastopol man had a simple explanation for the seven pounds of marijuana in his luggage at San Francisco International Airport: He was taking it to Boston, where he was planning to bury it, according to a prosecutor.
A San Mateo County Superior Court jury was skeptical and on Wednesday convicted Kenneth Gibson, 46, of transporting marijuana and having marijuana for sale, both felonies. He faces up to three years behind bars at his sentencing, which is set for Nov. 22, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
On Feb. 1, Gibson and his wife were headed through security at SFO to catch their Jet Blue flight to Boston for a five-day trip.
But a security worker noticed something strange as the couple's bags went through the X-ray machine: numerous packages of "biological material," neatly lined up in Gibson's suitcase, Wagstaffe said.
It was seven pounds of pot that was double-bagged and vacuum-sealed, prosecutors said.
Gibson said it was for personal use and showed his medical marijuana card. He still was arrested.
While on the stand this week during his trial, Gibson said he had grown the marijuana at his farm and reiterated the intention to smoke it all, said Wagstaffe. Gibson added that he intended to bury the bags on a property he was going to buy back east.
"I guess you have to got to say something," Wagstaffe said.
Defense attorney Jai Gohel didn't immediately respond to a phone message seeking comment. Gibson is out of jail on $20,000 bail.
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