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Officers plainly see cannabis in wanted man’s lap

Dec 13, 2021 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Traffic stop involving suspicious car reveals illegal marijuana and at least one firearm suspected of being stolen.

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Texas police likely felt their arrest of a wanted man basically fell into their laps after a trooper approaching a suspicious vehicle that had been pulled over could plainly see the driver had weed all over the inside of the car and even in his lap.

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The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) received a heads-up about the suspicious vehicle after a caller reported it was seen leaving the area of a recent robbery, including some firearms, at about 3:40 p.m. on Dec. 9, according to KSST Radio. The caller actually followed the vehicle for a distance and reported its general location to the HCSO.

Citing the police arrest reports, KSST Radio reports that upon reaching the area and informing a nearby Department of Public Safety trooper, the driver was directed to pull over. With the HCSO deputies on scene, that’s when the trooper approached the passenger side of the vehicle and saw the marijuana.

  1. Photos released by the OPP show an estimated eight kilograms of packaged cannabis in an Amazon box, complete with its smiling logo, and what looks like a duffel bag. /

    ‘I smoke a lot, you would be surprised,’ driver reportedly tells officers during traffic stop

  2. The planned stunt was enough for an anonymous person, perhaps a Facebook “friend,” to narc out the woman. PHOTO BY GETTY IMAGES

    She thought it was a good idea to smoke a joint on Facebook Live until someone tipped the police

  3. It is reported the driver asked the woman to stop, which she initially did not do. /

    U.K. driver who tested positive for weed had cannabis in her car, false licence plates and absolutely no insurance

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Recreational cannabis is illegal in Texas, with possession of up to four ounces (113 grams) being a misdemeanour, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Anything more than 113 grams, though, is treated as a felony. Having between 113 grams and five pounds (2.3 kilograms) carries a maximum penalty of 180 days to two years in jail and a US$10,000 ($12,800) fine, NORML reports.

It isn’t clear why the Texas driver put so little effort into concealing the illegal drugs, but it’s not the first time police have found incriminating items in laps.

In September of 2020, a 19-year-old driver clocked at about 160 kilometres/hour on Ontario’s Highway 401 was predictably pulled over. Once stopped, investigating officers could see the driver had a bong and cannabis in his lap.

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Others try to be a little trickier, perhaps hiding the cannabis in their pants or underpants, but in both those cases, charges were laid as well.

Two years ago, the police in Sudbury, Ont. reviewed stats from a RIDE initiative held over during the Christmas holidays. A member of the public asked on social media if a person could drive with cannabis in his or her lap, a question that elicited the response: “Well, no, that’s kind of frowned upon.”

In the most recent traffic stop, police say that after the trooper saw the cannabis, the driver was directed to exit the car. One deputy could see dried cannabis both in the man’s lap and on the car’s floorboard.

Police performed a records search and found the man in question was wanted by the Parole Board in Austin.

Beyond the weed, though, a vehicle search revealed at least one item that had been reported stolen as part of the earlier theft of guns. The driver was taken into custody and his car was impounded. The HCSO robbery investigation continues.

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