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Driver busted for cannabis after vehicle stopped at Stoner Drive

Jan 24, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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California patrol cops find garbage bags containing about 40 kilograms of weed in BMW.

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California Highway Patrol (CHP) troopers made a serendipitous, if not stunningly stereotypical, cannabis bust this weekend after a car was stopped on the corner of Stockdale Highway and Stoner Drive in Buttonwillow, Calif.

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Cannabis seizures are nothing new in California, but the location of Saturday afternoon’s traffic enforcement stop distinguished itself.

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A CHP official told KGET that a trooper noticed two vehicles next to one another that looked like they were readying for a speed contest on the highway. The BMW was pulled over after a police check determined the vehicle registration was expired and that the car had illegally tinted windows.

After stopping the sedan, an officer approached the car and could see a mess of snacks and trash in the front seat of the vehicle and several trash bags in the back seat, according to KMPH. But what the trooper smelled, the distinctive skunky odour associated with cannabis, was enough to prompt a vehicle search.

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Responding officers discovered about 41 kilograms of processed weed in both the back seat and trunk of the car. /
Responding officers discovered about 41 kilograms of processed weed in both the back seat and trunk of the car. / Photo by Buttonwillow CHP, Facebook

KGET reports that responding officers discovered about 90 pounds (41 kilograms) of processed weed stashed in the back seat and trunk of the car.

Recreational cannabis is legal in California, but there are limits. Adults 21 and older can possess as much as an ounce (28 grams) of dried marijuana or eight grams of concentrated cannabis, as well as grow as many as six plants for personal use in line with local cultivation rules.

Clearly, however, allowable limits do not extend to garbage bags full of what troopers suspected was illegal weed.

An officer reaching the sedan could see a mess of snacks and trash in the front seat of the car. /
An officer reaching the sedan could see a mess of snacks and trash in the front seat of the car. / Photo by Buttonwillow CHP, Facebook

Indeed, the find was so fortuitous and the location so clichéd that it inspired a Facebook post by the Buttonwillow CHP, in which the authorities released nine photos of the scene and asked members of the public to provide their best one-liners of what they believed had taken place.

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Commenters didn’t disappoint. “Officer, I’m a gardener, lawn clippings from my last job!” noted one poster. “Well that’s a new way to get a nickname in jail, the Stoner Dr. dealer,” added another. “That’s for my own personal use. Honestly officer…” a third person chimed in.

And one person, drawing a link between the cannabis and snacks, offered this: “Just couldn’t wait on that munchies run!)”

In the back seat of the vehicle, officers could see trash bags that ended up being filled with cannabis. /
In the back seat of the vehicle, officers could see trash bags that ended up being filled with cannabis. / Photo by Buttonwillow CHP, Facebook

The incident is hardly the first time in which traffic or driving infractions have landed people in hot water over cannabis. Breaches that ended with drivers on the wrong side of the law have included people talking on cellphones, speeding, stunt driving, not stopping at a weigh scale, having plates not associated with the vehicle being driven and having an expired vehicle registration sticker.

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But the tinted windows infraction seems to be gaining some momentum of late among law enforcement types. That infraction was enough for the Florida Highway Patrol to pull over another driver near the Jacksonville International Airport earlier this month.

In that case, troopers found six suitcases — complete with baggage claim tickets and listing the names of two of the vehicle’s three occupants — containing 108 vacuum-sealed bags of marijuana weighing 125 pounds (57 kilograms).

Garbage bags full of weed are displayed at the police station in California. /
Garbage bags full of weed are displayed at the police station in California. / Photo by Buttonwillow CHP, Facebook

During the California stop, the car was towed. According to KGET, after being cited for alleged marijuana possession and vehicle violations, the driver was released.

Per HG Legal Resources, possessing more than 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms), but less than 2,000 pounds (907.2 kilograms) of cannabis in California carries a maximum penalty of three to 15 years in prison and a fine of as much as US$25,000 ($31,500).

There have been other occasions where bud-related locations and names have provided fodder for jokes and jabs, including the 20-year-old California man with a cannabis-sounding name stopped for cannabis or the California town whose name, literally, is Weed.

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