Getting a flat tire is a bummer, but only until you discover a substantial amount of weed stashed in your spare. Unless, of course, it is your mechanic that actually finds it… then the day is pretty much downhill from there.

This is exactly what happened to an Ohio woman earlier this week after she took her car to a local dealership to have a flat tire replaced.

According to reports, after the service department installed the woman’s spare tire, they noticed a “loud thumping” coming from the wheel as she began to drive it off the lot. Upon further inspection, the mechanics managed to troubleshoot the origin of the mysterious noise: a surprising eight pounds of Midwestern Maui-Waui, valued at nearly $12,000.

Unfortunately, rather than divvy up the weed and go about their business, someone insisted on contacting the local authorities, who quickly swooped in with all guns blazing to investigate a potential drug smuggling operation.

The woman, who was likely made to feel as though she was about to be pistol whipped and buried under a prison, told officers that she had purchased the vehicle new from the dealership last August and had no idea how marijuana could have ended up in her spare tire.

Shockingly, the police bought into the woman’s story and released her shortly after taking her statement.

Chief Deputy Dennis Cavanaugh with the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department says it is not uncommon for misplaced marijuana to be found in tires and other hidden compartments. He says drug smugglers sometimes use parts suppliers and vehicle transport companies to run dope inconspicuously across the country. "I'm sure it is not the only vehicle out there with this," he said.

Now, if you’ll excuse me… I need to go check my trunk for something.

Mike Adams writes for stoners and smut enthusiasts in HIGH TIMES, Playboy’s The Smoking Jacket and Hustler Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter @adamssoup and on Facebook/mikeadams73.