Inyo deputy makes marijuana arrest

bakerdrugsOn August 23rd, Inyo County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Howard conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in Big Pine for a traffic violation.  Upon making contact with the driver, John Baker (48) of Truckee, Deputy Howard immediately smelled the odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  After Baker made inconsistent statements to Deputy Howard regarding what he had in his possession, assistance was requested of the Inyo Narcotics Enforcement Team (INET).

Agents from INET responded and began an investigation into Baker.  Agents developed probable cause and arrested Baker for Possession of Marijuana for Sales and Transportation of Over an Ounce of Marijuana.  Agents seized over eight ounces of marijuana, over eight thousand dollars in cash, and other evidence of sales.  Baker was transported and booked at the Inyo County Jail.

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JeremiahJoseph
JeremiahJoseph
9 years ago

Well, you know what? I don’t feel any safer, this is the least of evils that are traveling on HWY 395, but for some reason law enforcement thinks highlighting this to the general public justify’s their protocol and procedures, YES we know there is drugs out there! Why marijuana is… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago

Judging from what I see(and have heard about) on my way to the local store to get my cup of coffee in the morning,after this long holiday week-end,our local tow and impound yard is getting to look like a high-end used car lot with the DUI arrests,the drug users and… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Sounds to me like this will be totally legal in two years. I guess we’ll have to go back to good old speed traps again.

Mongo the Idiot
Mongo the Idiot
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I agree that it will be completely legal to use Marijuana in two years yet seriously doubt and hope it is never legal to drive while intoxicated on it or anything else. I believe that if a person can’t put down the pipe long enough to drive from point A… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago

Mongo- I kind of agree with you on not being allowed to be driving around stoned or drunk. But I don’t think anyone should be put in jail for simple being addicted to something.If they really hurt someone other then themselves, I guess they should pay for their mistakes in… Read more »

Mongo the Idiot
Mongo the Idiot
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

I agree Trouble.
I just cant accept DUI on 395, it’s the most dangerous road I travel. I have no problem with use and know at least one person that weed has profoundly helped. I vote YES for complete legalization, and NO on stoned driving.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
9 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble…Back in my olden’ days I knew of repeat offenders of DUI….both pot and alcohol…and the system kept kicking them out after a day or two or three in jail.It seems if your addicted to drugs or alcohol,a good bet it means driving drunk or high too.Remember that guy a… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne- I don’t support driving around messed up , but our war on drugs is in a very sad state affairs. Plus Olancha needs to fix their death trap passing lanes.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
9 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Next year Caltrans will widen US 395 to four lanes, and bypass both Olancha and Cartago to the west with a completely new highway alignment.

Mongo the Idiot
Mongo the Idiot
9 years ago

Mongo knows every time he drives 395 that he may die. Mongo will call 911 if he smells or sees a driver smoking weed. 395 demands more respect than many, I drive it quite a bit and regularly see potentially deadly happenings. I see people who I assume are sober… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
9 years ago

I’m more afraid of people on their cell phones or those who need to text while driving or people with a bunch of kids yelling and screaming and bouncing around the car or a dog on their lap or…or There’s so many things that people do that distract and endanger… Read more »

Eastern Sierra Local
Eastern Sierra Local
9 years ago

I love that statement, “officers developed probable cause,” more likely “created probable” cause.

DESCO
DESCO
9 years ago

Warning to dopers, stay off 395.

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
9 years ago

he should be stoned