A 29-year-old Bismarck man was arrested early Wednesday for allegedly trying to sell fake weed. 

Barrett Sangalaza was charged with intent to deliver an imitation controlled substance. 

The man was standing on the 2400 block of East Main Avenue offering to sell grass clippings from a plastic bag, which "could easily be mistaken for marijuana," according to a Bismarck Police affidavit. 

A woman called police at 12:52 a.m. to report that a man was trying to sell weed to her and others in a parking lot, the affidavit said. When police arrived, the suspect allowed officers to search him. They allegedly found a Ziploc baggy in his left pants pocket containing the grass.

Police said two other witnesses said he first offered the clippings as marijuana. Then he allegedly said they were synthetic. When they refused to buy it, he said he was kidding and it was grass, according to the affidavit.

Sangalaza told officers he showed people the bag but denied trying to sell it, the affidavit said.

Reach Caroline Grueskin at 701-250-8225 or at caroline.grueskin@bismarcktribune.com

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