Bishop Police make a marijuana arrest

On February 16, 2012 at 2308 hours, the suspect,  James Michael Degroot, 26 of West Hollywood, was stopped for a minor traffic infraction by a Bishop Police Officer near the Bishop Country Club on Highway 395.. During the contact, a search of the vehicle was conducted and Officers said they recovered a large mason jar with marijuana inside; two small plastic bags with marijuana; and one digital scale.

It was determined the total amount of Marijuana recovered from the vehicle during the search was
40grams.

Degroot was arrested for 11357(c) HS-Possession of over 1 Ounce Marijuana and
11359 HS-Possession of Marijuana for Sale. Degroot was transported to the Inyo County Jail and he is
currently out on bail for the above listed charges.

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Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago

Rob…You say”It’s so easy to be legal only an idiot wouldn’t take the necessary steps”….exactly the kind of statement that shows what a shame prop 215 turned out to be,and why the Fed’s are looking into it….or are you saying those that don’t have diabilitating and chronic illnesses’and pain that… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

I wonder how long this guy will do for a crime that is basically a infraction if he had a little less.

Rob
Rob
10 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Had he been legal under prop215 he would have continued on his way with nothing more then a driving infraction. It’s so easy to be legal only an idiot wouldn’t take the necessary steps. I’m speculating that the vehicle was searched because it smelled like pot, I wouldn’t be surprised… Read more »

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago
Reply to  Rob

according to Arnold “the terminator”it is now a $100 dollar fine

Wilfred S.
Wilfred S.
10 years ago

Wayne,
#1.. your legal advice is horrible.
#2.. your punctuation is as well (hint: a single space after commas and periods).

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  Wilfred S.

Wilfred S … #3 for you … Who cares if there are mistakes here, when it is the opinion that matters more.
Your opinions;

#1
#2

Don’t really lend any relevance to the matter.

katie
katie
10 years ago

do the crime .. do the time ..
glad BPD found it .. scales = sales ….

upthecreek
upthecreek
10 years ago

Now I can finally sleep at night

Thanks Bishop PD.

dean
dean
10 years ago

Keep it in your trunk. Keep it out of sight. Do not give the police a reason to search your vehicle that. Do not consent to searches.

It is that easy.

This kid had it coming.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  dean

dean…My bet would be the guy was driving stoned,or Law Enforcement could smell the weed,or the guy was acting all stupid..My experiences with Law Enforcement during a traffic stop have been them asking early on if there is anything illegal in the vehicle.. That is step #1….and if you have… Read more »

dean
dean
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne – Generally, if a LEO asks to search your vehicle they have not developed sufficient probable cause / reasonable suspicion to initiate the search outside of consent. Refusal to give consent for a search is not cause for a search. Always refuse a request to search. Even if you… Read more »

Big Rick O'Brien
Big Rick O'Brien
10 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, a person has no legal obligation to reveal that they have firearms in their vehicle. If you’re dumb enough to admit it, you’re gonna be sitting on the curb for the next 30 minutes, at least you will be in Kalifornia. You’re probably right when you said this dipstick… Read more »

Wilfred S.
Wilfred S.
10 years ago

Thank God this evil weed is off the streets. Think of the children, people.

justwondering
justwondering
10 years ago

Why do police get to search a vehicle that has been pulled over for a minor traffic infraction? Seriously, think about it people….I don’t smoke, I have no special affinity for people who use drugs…but I don’t like what is going on regarding the rights of US CITIZENS! We have… Read more »

Big AL
Big AL
10 years ago
Reply to  justwondering

Probable cause JW … while it might be a good thing, it can also be a bad thing. Like anything else, it can be abused. I feel it can be abused, but it usually yields some sort of criminal activity. If a person who has nothing to fear with a… Read more »

andrew
andrew
10 years ago

wow, that will make mammoth lakes safer..

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
10 years ago
Reply to  andrew

What does Mammoth have to do with this arrest?…The guy is from Hollywood…and the arrest was made in Bishop.

Trouble
Trouble
10 years ago

Charles James- that’s pretty good. I agree.

Charles James
Charles James
10 years ago

Reading this makes you long for the good ol’ days (well, for some us “of a certain age”) when it was: Chug-a-lug, Chug-a-lug Grape wine in a mason jar … Homemade and brought to school By a friend of mine after class Me and him and this other fool Decided… Read more »