CHP makes drug arrest

chp_logo.jpg(CHP- Bridgeport Press Release)  On Sunday, December 22, 2013, at approximately 2:00 P.M., a CHP officer assigned to the CHP Bridgeport Office made a traffic stop on a white, 2009 Chrysler 300 for multiple vehicle code violations on US-395, northbound, just south of South Landing Road.  The officer contacted the three individuals in the vehicle and notified the driver of the reason for the stop.  The officer immediately recognized the odor of fresh marijuana emitting from the vehicle.

The officer conducted a probable cause search and located in excess of a quarter pound of processed marijuana packaged in several vacuum sealed bags.  Ronald Ricky Moore, Jr, a passenger in the vehicle, claimed possession of all marijuana within the vehicle and presented a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana.  After questioning Moore, the officer determined that the amount of marijuana possessed by Moore grossly exceeded any reasonable “medical necessity”.

The amount of marijuana, combined with the packaging, led the officer to believe Moore intended to make the marijuana available for sale.  Moore was subsequently arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to controlled substances and booked into the Mono County Main Jail in Bridgeport.  The driver of the vehicle was cited for the vehicle code violations and released.  During the investigation additional information was developed demonstrating Moore’s planned sales of the marijuana in his possession.  Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, Commander Bridgeport Area, stated “This is the second time in two weeks local CHP officers have made what many consider to be a routine traffic stop during the early afternoon hours on US-395 which resulted in a felony drug arrest.  Arrests like these demonstrate the need for professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.”

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Prohibition factoid
Prohibition factoid
8 years ago

When federal prohibition legislation was passed, effective enforcement of the ban during the Prohibition Era proved difficult and the law was widely flouted. Without a solid popular consensus for its enforcement, Prohibition led to some unintended consequences and its ultimate repeal in 1933: the growth of criminal organizations, including the… Read more »

Hopeful
Hopeful
8 years ago

To Big Rick O’Brien

That is my New Years wish for Mono County!!! How did you know???? Lol

Hope he takes the other at will employee with him, so the department can possibly go back to a respectable Law abiding department!

Santas elf
Santas elf
8 years ago

As with the most popular (and legal) recreational drug, alcohol, most people are responsible users. But there will always be those who overdo everything. When too stoned, you go to sleep – when too drunk, you’re mind goes numb and you crash your car. Legalize pot and go to work… Read more »

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Santas elf

I think we saw that outlawing booze didn’t work. It also doesn’t work to outlaw marijuana. Abuse of prescription pills is rampant also. Apparently humans have a need to medicate, at least some humans. I think all we can do is keep the most dangerous and addictive ones illegal (meth…not… Read more »

andy
andy
8 years ago

What a worm…..

Santa
Santa
8 years ago

Yes Virginia marijuana will be legalized in California. As California falls so goes the rest of the nation. The tobacco companies already have the warehouses ready to produce a standardized product with a regulated THC content and registered trademarks. Where big business is so is the government. Regulations and laws… Read more »

Tinner
Tinner
8 years ago

……meanwhile many others in the pharmaceutical industry are profiting (and somebody is getting RICH for sure) from the millions of deaths and drug addicted people of the world that pharmaceutical drugs are resposible for.
Our society is messed up man!

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

This medical marijuana is a complete joke, sure there are some that it may help,, but most of these people with their precious medical marijuana cards are just plain potheads.. So give me all your thumbs down I really don’t care…This country has gone down the toilet…

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Yes Roy! I agree, it has gone down the toilet, and we have a serious clog in the sewer main that all of our toilets are bound to back up with the mess we continue to perpetuate, I mean who can say we are a country of United States? we… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

All you have to do is look at the names of the marijuana “dispensaries” to know it is a sham. I like the one in Mojave called “Chronically Inclined”. “Medical” marijuana my aching backside! Just a bunch of lousy potheads looking for even the weakest excuse to justify their addiction.

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago

Let me get this straight desert tortoise, You are willing to take away the benefits of this miracle drug away from those who actually need it, in the name of proving how medical marijuana is a sham and only a excuse for addicts to justify there addictions? Serious question Desert,… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

The CHP officer is ingnorant of Prop 215 Under Prop. 215, patients are entitled to whatever amount of marijuana is necessary for their personal medical use. However, patients are likely to be arrested if they exceed the SB 420 guidelines. SB420 sets a baseline statewide guideline of 6 mature or… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

This time next year, the Sheriff may well have to hire a admitted pot smoker. Sort like are last three and a half Presidents.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…..So your thinking it will become a “requirement” that private employers, Federal Government,State Government,and local Government agencies will have to hire,and keep employees that are pot smokers?…just ANOTHER post that shows my statement about”pushing the buttons” that I mention…pushing the buttons even before the buttons are there to push.Under your… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

No Wayne, but I don’t think they will be able to exclude pot smokers.

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

As I business owner I don’t want my employees smoking pot on the job so I voted against complete legalization.

As with immigration there is already a legal path to use marijuana. Only criminals choose not to take the legal paths.

sugarmagnolia
sugarmagnolia
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

So Mark, you seem to be saying that because alcohol is legal, your employees can drink on the job.
I’m going to guess that is not the case. Why would it be ok for pot to be used at work if it were legal?

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  sugarmagnolia

I do not support drinking on the job either. It wasn’t defined well enough in the work place for me to support it. It was the use of the word “medical” that seperated it from alcohol in the work place.

Big Rick OBrien
Big Rick OBrien
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…this time next year, the current Mono Sheriff won’t BE Sheriff any more.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

I like that idea Big Rick. Bishop got a new DA.

Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago

All the above statements really fall under the new generations of “mine” and “it’s all about me and everyone else is wrong.” First, law enforcement could really care less if marijuana is legalized. I don’t use weed, but yeah, let’s get it over with in this liberal state and just… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Seriously?

So what you are telling us is ” it’s all about me and everybody else is wrong.” Got it!

JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
8 years ago
Reply to  Seriously?

You know I agree with most of what you said Seriously? But I have to say when you pat somebody on the back just for doing a their job, you have to take into account that giving blind dedication to supposed authorities is how a lot of atrocities in the… Read more »

Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago
Reply to  JeremiahJoseph

I don’t just pat anybody on the back for doing there job; I salute cops for doing their job because we both know you are not willing or capable of doing the job along with millions of other Americans. I could care less if weed was legal or not; like… Read more »

TheMarks
TheMarks
8 years ago
Reply to  Seriously?

“The funny thing is this moron’s weed will be dry as crap when the case finally gets dismissed” From what I know Mono County has yet to give back any weed they have confiscated. And the people I know who had it taken from them had a legal right to… Read more »

Chris
Chris
8 years ago
Reply to  Seriously?

“Seriously?” is the type of person that really puts shame to the US Constitution. He’s basically saying that it’s okay for Law Enforcement to arrest people whom fall in the gray area of the law because the “judge reverses the decision and dismisses the case”. That’s kind of like saying,… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Chris

The way the U.S. has held prisoners in Guantanamo without due process is also a violation of our constitution. BK

Seriously?
Seriously?
8 years ago
Reply to  Chris

Sometimes I don’t even know what to say to some of the posts and responses on here. Chris, I guess you misinterpreted what I stated. I did not say the officer based his arrest on the fact the judge may dismiss the case….the officer made a determination within the laws… Read more »

rezboy2929
rezboy2929
8 years ago

Is this “Flat-Foot” a Medical Doctor? Please Show Me your License to practice Medicine, officer? So he determined that the amount of marijuana possessed by More grossly exceeded any reasonable? sounds like the officers feel that Their jobs and Pension Funds are threatened by the Legalization of “Marijuana” Yes The… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  rezboy2929

State law permits up to eight ounces to be in one’s possession for medical uses. More is permitted if the “prescription” specifically states a larger amount is necessary to treat whatever ailes the “patient”. If you bother to actually read the law instead of just speculating out of ignorance you… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago

DT,
If you actually read the article instead of just speculating out of ignorance you might find out that a quarter pound is less than eight ounces.

And to all a good night!

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

The wording is “in excess of a quarter pound of processed marijuana”.

Bob Loblaw
Bob Loblaw
8 years ago

You don’t think if it had been a half pound the article wouldn’t have said “a half pound of processed marijuana”?

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago
Reply to  rezboy2929

You nailed it….
It is all about their future HUGE Pension funds being threatend.

The government pension ponzy system will eventually implode.

Govt. Gone wild…

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

My defense lawyer would ask the officer how he determined that a ¼ pound was grossly exceeding any reasonable “medical necessity”. and I would enjoy watching the officer attempt to answer the question. My defense lawyer would also claim the medical marijuana was of different strains and that is why… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, Note “odor of fresh marijuana”. Driver should make it clear that there is no consent to search and card should have been presented BEFORE search. At that point everybody should say NOTHING without lawyer present. “Investigation” was probably self incrimination while trying to talk their way out of it.… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

My mode of operation has always been give them no reason to want to search. Once they’ve smelled weed it is probably best to cooperate, but then it puts us in the position of some dumb cop saying ” the amount of marijuana possessed grossly exceeded any reasonable “medical necessity”.… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark….In you and your girlfriends case,your correct saying it’s what prop 215 was meant and intended for….not what it’s turned out to be…if I were you or your girlfriend,it would insult me with what some try to make it….my bet is if you were pulled over by LE and had… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark, so sorry to hear about your girlfriend. I pray you get to spend a lot more than five years with her. Hope the holidays are joyful for you both.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Mark…That’s a lot of expensive hoops to be jumping through so you and your girlfriend can cook up a quarter pound of weed per week for your “medical necessities”….and then having to hope for a jury full of pot-heads to dismiss your case.Whoever is for total legalization of weed,or on… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I don’t participate in the cooking or eating. when you’ve live with someone who you see in pain daily and you also see how mj helps you tend to open your mind about pot. I’ll my kids are college educated, married, have good jobs and have never put themselves in… Read more »

Mark
Mark
8 years ago

“the officer determined that the amount of marijuana possessed by Moore grossly exceeded any reasonable “medical necessity”.

Lawyer up. The officer is not a doctor. My girlfriend could go through that in a week baking in the kitchen.

s

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Mark

They are given specific training about what quantities of pot are legal under state law. It is not all up to officer discretion.

Not Friendly to the Inyo
Not Friendly to the Inyo
8 years ago

yes, I’m sure they do.

Eastern Sierra Local
Eastern Sierra Local
8 years ago

It’s comical to hear the CHP say; “…demonstrate the need for professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.” PU-LEASE! What could be more aggressive than the way it has already been for the past 10+ years? The mid-day Burning Man “License Check” in late August was evidence enough of local… Read more »

Steve
Steve
8 years ago

Arrests like these demonstrate the need for professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.” This is not an excuse to justify more aggressive law enforcement. Two states already have made it legal. Eighteen states have legal medical pot laws. There are ten states including California that will have legalize pot… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

Sounds like the cops don’t like the new laws to me.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

…And there they go with that “trying to push the buttons” thing I was mentioning in another recent story…Mr.Moore ,the passenger,claiming ownership of all that weed,and thinking by flashing that “medical marijuana”card,never mind the fact it was (allegedly)packaged for sales,which looks like the evidence gathered showed it was….allegedly…Mr.Moore figured by… Read more »

Pedro
Pedro
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne,
I’m beginning to think you’re just trying to avoid jury duty.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Pedro…LOL…Some might see this as giving out “too much information”…..but since you mentioned it,I do get out of my jury duty responsibilities when I’m called…..but not for this reason….when I get my jury duty statement,I’m able to get out of it by listing my doctor….the reason….up until recently,I had a… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, TMI (too much information!)
Benett

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Merry Christmas,Benett…..and all the other posters here….

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Merry Christmas, Wayne!
BK

upthecreek
upthecreek
8 years ago
Reply to  Pedro

Give me a break
Are they that hard up to make a bust…
Too many cops with nothing to do

Your tax dollars hard at work protecting the sheeple

Cops gone wild