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Airport workers found ‘leafy substance’ in Idaho AG staffer’s bag

Todd Dvorak resigned Monday as communications director for state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.
Todd Dvorak resigned Monday as communications director for state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden. Boise State Public Radio

The communications director for state Attorney General Lawrence Wasden was charged with marijuana possession Friday, Sept. 16, after security personnel at Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport found a “green leafy substance” in his luggage, according to a police incident report.

Todd Dvorak resigned from the Attorney General’s office Monday. He declined to comment when reached by a reporter Wednesday.

According to the police report, officers were summoned to the airport about 5:20 a.m. Friday when airport security found the bagged substance in a larger “hygiene bag” belonging to Dvorak, who was leaving on the morning flight to Boise. The substance, about 3.6 grams, later tested positive as marijuana. The clear plastic bag containing it bore the label of Washington marijuana dispensary.

With it, officials also found a small brass pipe with burnt marijuana residue, the report states. The TSA officer told police he spotted the pipe in the luggage when the bag was X-rayed. It looked to him like part of a gun, so he asked another TSA officer to perform a bag check, according to the report.

Dvorak was issued a citation for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and allowed to board the plane, according to the report. He entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday.

Dvorak worked for 13 years as a journalist with the Associated Press and was Boise bureau chief prior to taking the state job in 2014.

A pre-trial hearing is scheuled for Oct. 11.

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