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Over 9 kilograms of cannabis found during traffic stop at gas station

Jul 12, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Weed smell coming from truck spurs search

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A Texas man picked up more than fuel — namely an arrest for illegal cannabis — following a police traffic stop at the Max-A Mart gas station in Point, Tex.

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At about 10 p.m. on July 8, a sergeant with the Point Police Department stopped a pickup truck at the gas station.

As the driver exited the vehicle, the sergeant’s eyes and nose took over, with the officer plainly seeing a firearm on the vehicle seat and smelling a strong cannabis odour emanating from the truck.

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The driver was detained. Upon checking out the vehicle, a loaded firearm and over 20 sealed bags weighing slightly more than 9.2 kilograms of cannabis were discovered and removed from the truck, according to a PPD Facebook post.

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The driver was then arrested and booked for possessing between 2.3 and 22.7 kilograms of cannabis.

Last year, the Texas House passed a bill lowering the criminal penalty for possessing 28 grams or less of weed, but the recreational form of the drug remains illegal in the state.

As it stands, Criminal Defence Lawyer reports that the changes have not yet been adopted, meaning possessing 56 grams or less of cannabis is a misdemeanour offence punishable by a maximum jail time of 180 days, a fine of up to $2,600 or both.

For amounts ranging from 2.3 to 22.7 kilograms, however, the felony count is punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a $13,000 fine.

As the investigation involving the driver was underway, the PPD determined the man had left a U-Haul in the parking lot of Walmart in Greenville, Tex., about 35 kilometres from Point. Located by Greenville police, officers with that force, as well as an area K-9 officer, provided help to the PPD.

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Police image of marijuana recovered from a driver in Point, Tex. /
Police image of marijuana recovered from a driver in Point, Tex. / Photo by Point Police Department

PPD officers drove to the Walmart and K-9 Basa alerted when sniffing out the UHaul. This prompted a search after contraband could be seen in plain sight.

That said, the search revealed only drug paraphernalia and a motorcycle.

Those commenting on the recent find mostly offered congratulations to the police for their efforts, although there were a fair number of others who argued recreational cannabis should simply be legalized in the state.

“Legalized marijuana will lessen drug dealers because it would give good people who need the god given plant a legal taxable place to purchase the medicine instead ‘drug dealers’ by bulk and move it in your town,” one poster argued.

“I’m on the law’s side on this. I don’t think it should be against the law but it is,” noted another commenter.

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“Until weed is legal in TX it is ILLEGAL to have in possession. Also, we’re talking about a dealer with 20lbs, not just an individual with a joint on them. Good job to the law enforcement and stay safe out there,” added a third poster.

Man with cannabis in his vehicle was apprehended at Texas gas station. /
Man with cannabis in his vehicle was apprehended at Texas gas station. / Photo by Point Police Department

Oddly, a driver getting popped for cannabis at a gas station is not a first.

In the fall of 2020, a 30-year-old man in Ohio attracted the attention of station employees when he fell asleep inside his vehicle at a gas bar while the nozzle was still in the gas tank. Responding officers had no problem seeing both the nozzle and the bag of weed on the vehicle seat.

Another man and another gas nozzle, this time in Louisiana, again attracted attention when he drove away from the pump with the nozzle still in his tank.

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It may have been that anticipation over the joint he planned to roll made him forget about replacing the nozzle in its proper resting place.

But any planned high was set low when, upon stopping the car not far from the station, an officer detected a cannabis smell coming from the vehicle, prompting a search. The check unearthed several drugs, including weed and crack cocaine.

Sometimes, it’s even the station itself that gets in hot water over weed.

That was the case earlier in 2022 when city officials in Detroit shut down a station for illegally selling cannabis. A video released by police shows seized baggies of what looks like cannabis flower and weed edibles.

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