(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.”