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Three convicted felons busted after cannabis seen on top of car hood

Apr 13, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Items included a bag of weed and two clear jars of cannabis, helpfully labeled with prices.

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It likely took as little effort for a California police officer to decide to arrest three men as it did for them to “hide” illegal cannabis on the hood of their vehicle.

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Three convicted felons — aged 20, 23 and 29 — were arrested on Apr. 8 after a sheriff’s deputy spotted them in an Adelanto, Calif. parking garage with weed in plain view.

The Victor Valley Sheriff’s Department (VVSD) deputy made contact with the three suspects at about 6:48 pm while they were sitting inside a Jeep Grand Cherokee parked in the lot. But it quickly became clear that something was up.

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Right on the hood of the vehicle, there was a bag of weed and two clear jars of cannabis, helpfully labeled with prices, notes a Facebook post by the VVSD.

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If that wasn’t enough, the suspects were also smoking cannabis while inside the vehicle, with a black pistol, which turned out to be stolen, in the front seat.

When the three men saw the deputy, two of them bolted on foot. One man was detained and arrested immediately, while the other two, with the assistance of the department’s aviation division, were later tracked down at the Adelanto School District Bus Depot.

“Both suspects were found hiding inside one of the school buses and were taken into custody,” the police statement notes.

The three men are convicted felons and prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition. While one man was on parole at the time of the arrest, the other two are currently on felony probation.

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The arrest report cites as infractions transportation of marijuana for sale, carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle, possession of a stolen, loaded firearm, felon in possession of a firearm and felon in possession of ammunition.

While recreational cannabis is legal in California, the state’s Health and Safety Code “makes it a crime to sell, give away, import into the state or transport for sale any amount of marijuana or concentrated cannabis (hashish) without a state licence and any required local licences,” reports Shouse California Law Group.

While the charge is a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of as much as $630, it can become a felony charge. This applies when a person has certain other cannabis-related convictions or a prior conviction from a list of particularly serious violent felonies, the information states.

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The penalty upon conviction could be two to four years in jail and a maximum fine of $12,600.

The VVSD investigation into the matter is continuing.

Parking lots have not proved particularly safe spots for those smoking or dealing weed.

Earlier this month, a high school student in Louisiana was caught with about 525 grams of cannabis inside a parked vehicle following a routine search of parking areas around the school.

This past February, a 60-year-old taxi driver was charged with drug driving after off-duty officers sniffed out the smell of weed coming from his parked vehicle at a Collision Reporting Centre.

And in the summer of 2020, Wisconsin police doing routine patrols of city parking lots didn’t have to break much of a sweat to find over a kilogram of cannabis, thousands of dollars in cash, a handgun and a high-capacity gun magazine and bullets when breezy dealers left the items in plain view inside their vehicles.

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