Traffic stop turned felony marijuana arrest

CHP file photo of marijuana

CHP file photo of marijuana

(Press Release)  On Friday, April 11, 2014 at approximately 7:30 PM a California Highway Patrol officer assigned to the Bridgeport office made a traffic stop on a white, 2010 Toyota Corolla for a mechanical violation of the California Vehicle Code on US-395 northbound, just south of Hot Creek Hatchery Road.  The officer contacted the two 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 a large amount of marijuana in the trunk, a concealed digital scale, as well as a large amount of cash concealed within a suitcase.  Charles Grey Jones, age 20, from Alpine, California, the driver of the vehicle, claimed possession of all marijuana and cash within the vehicle and presented a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana.

After questioning Mr. Jones, the officer determined the amount of marijuana possessed exceeded any reasonable “medical necessity”.  The amount of marijuana, along with the style of packaging of both the marijuana and cash, led the officer to believe Jones intended to make the marijuana available for sale.  Jones was subsequently arrested for multiple felony and misdemeanor charges related to controlled substances and booked into the Mono County Main Jail in Bridgeport.  The passenger was questioned and released to drive the vehicle.

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RAM
RAM
8 years ago

The article did not say he was driving impaired, nor did it say he was arrested for driving under the influence. He was arrested for having more pot then needed for medicinal purposes and having money and a scale. Unfortunately the guy that was arrested is probably is to young… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  RAM

I see how the reasoning goes with you. Breaking the law is just fine. The only mistake is getting caught. Nice high standards of citizenship you maintain.

dude
dude
8 years ago

Dude, Please get over yourself. “And what about those of us who do not want to be forced to share a society with addicts and stoners? I guess we have no say. I don’t want to live around garbage like that. But it appears we have to suffer to accommodate… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago
Reply to  dude

Once again, are those really the only choices?
BK

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  dude

Poor assumption. Being gay doesn’t impair the senses, motor coordination or ruin your memory. It doesn’t drag down your productivity and make you a lousy worker. And you have no choice about your sexuality. Pot and harder drugs, however, make you less productive, less aware of your surrounds and less… Read more »

RAM
RAM
8 years ago

How about innocent until proven guilty Desert Tortoise?

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  RAM

RAM…..I’m thinking having that concealed scales didn’t help his cause much either….or all the cash…..

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I don’t smoke weed or smoke anything anymore, but I used to in the 70 & 80’s. In my mind pot is a hell of a lot safer to use to relax than alcohol, cigarettes and all those prescribed pain killers being tossed around legally. Take pot out of the… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

The pot you used compared to what is available today is like comparing near beer (70’s pot) to vodka.

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

D.T. I don,t think so. It might have more THC , but it,s still about how much a person consumes.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Trouble….not true….back in the old days you could smoke a full joint or two…and still be able to somewhat function….try that nowdays….three or four hits on a bong or a pipe and you got your doors to your house locked,hopefully unable to find your car keys,and more or less done… Read more »

RAM
RAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

I’ll admit the scale doesn’t look good but it doesn’t prove he’s guilty. All the cash? We have no idea how much cash or pot he had. I believe there wasn’t a lot of cash or pot or they would have mentioned it had it been a worthwhile amount of… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

Like …. like…. duuuuuuuuude. That’s like my “medical” maryjooowanna duuuuude. Now waddammi sposed to do?

andrew
andrew
8 years ago

I think a stoned driver would driving much slower. So your chances would be better.

RAM
RAM
8 years ago

“After questioning Mr. Jones, the officer determined the amount of marijuana possessed exceeded any reasonable “medical necessity”. So it takes a doctors recommendation to legally buy and use marijuana, but a law enforcement officer can determine an amount exceeds reasonable medical necessity by just asking a few question? Per Health… Read more »

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago

History repeats itself; the best indicator of a person’s or society’s future behavior is their past behavior. Recently, while researching the history of tobacco, I came across some interesting information. My initial source was Snuff and Snuff boxes by M.M. Curtis, which was published in 1935. This book has fine… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

It didn’t work out so well either, did it. Be honest. Smoking hasn’t helped anyone. It is one of those flithy habits that mankind would be much better without. It kills the smoker, cuts their productive years short, saddles other with the cost of their health care as they die… Read more »

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

I gotta break it to you, you are already sharing a society with addicts and stoners.
BK

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Benett, . Smoking is stupid and pervasive stupidity is no justification. But it’s the large corporations like Philips and BAT and cohortes that exploit that stupidity through our very effective and persuasive media. Movies, TV all glamorize stupid behavior like smoking, drinking, fast driving in cars that are way too… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Not willingly BK, and I prefer to see them rotting in a jail cell then sharing my workplace, working on my car, serving my food, doing anything related to my money, investments or savings or driving the same roads I drive. We do not yet legalize such degrading behavior and… Read more »

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago

DT said… Why even bother working hard any more? Good question… A similar question I ask my self is “what is the point.” My answer for both questions is… “To achieve and maintain a high quality of life with balance in the areas of family, work, and leisure.” That is… Read more »

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago

And that high quality of life you talk about is dragged down by waste products who get stoned, won’t work or work poorly, and are more concerned about their next high than in being good citizens. You can’t be an educated and aware member of a representative government if you… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Desert Tortoise….And another thing….some say and act as if pot nowdays is the same as it was back in the 80’s…when it actually was possible to work and function after a joint or maybe two if you were sharing it…able to go out and have a good time,maybe carry on… Read more »

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

…my entire life is leisure…

Ken Warner
Ken Warner
8 years ago

…we already know what kind of voter they will make — we elected George W. Bush TWICE!!!

ferdinand lopez
ferdinand lopez
8 years ago

id much rather be hit by a stoned driver then a drunk driver

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

Fabulous choices.
BK

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Double post sarcasm…
Snirk, snirk…

Benett Kessler
Benett Kessler
8 years ago

Wouldn’t you rather not be hit at all???
BK

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Benett Kessler

Let me get stoned drunk before ya hit me please.

mtn man
mtn man
8 years ago

Now there’s an intelligent statement! Tell that to the CHP officer who was hit by a stoned drug (marijuana) pusher on the coast Hwy in the Rincon area a few years ago and was made a parapalegic. And tell it to the parents of a high school student who was… Read more »

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago
Reply to  mtn man

Mtn. Man, I agree that it is idiotic to drive while in any impaired or distracted condition. Be it texting, alcohol, prescription meds, emotional catastrophe, Marijuana use etc. Right now there is much discussion in all media regarding driving on marijuana. On TV a while back I watched an experiment… Read more »

Charles O. Jones
Charles O. Jones
8 years ago

I’d rather not be anywhere near either one. Inertia doesn’t know the difference between pot and booze.

Wondering?
Wondering?
8 years ago

I am wondering what a “large amount” means. Why can’t the say how many pounds of weed and how many dollars in cash?

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago

One more year Wayne and then it will be all legal. Except for the ” mechanical violation” of course. I wonder if it will be legal to smoke while riding bare back naked?

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Trouble….If it’s going to “all be legal” in a year,what are these (alleged) dope dealers going to be doing to make a tax-free living and EARNING their money ?…Oh,wait….I know…..They’ll STILL be (allegedly) dealing their dope and making a tax-free living by selling their product for less than the prices… Read more »

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, Tax evasion and legal Marijuana cultivation are two separate issues. Not everyone who cultivates Marijuana would evade the taxes associated with said cultivation. Also, not all people who evade taxes use Marijuana. I believe that many who are now growing the legal limit at home are using the profits… Read more »

flabergasted
flabergasted
8 years ago

It’s obvious you are not an idiot, but rather an enlightened mind!!!!!!!

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Mongo….It’s nice to think those growing marijuana and selling and making profits on doing so are also thinking of being good U.S. citizens wanting to do their part and paying their taxes on the income they’re making….but I don’t know…..I’m guessing in about 99.9 % that’s not the case…or will… Read more »

Mongo the IDIOT
Mongo the IDIOT
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, Here is a first hand account: I know an antique dealer who had a $1200 a month mortgage and $300 a month car payment. He declared less than $18,000 on his tax return and was audited. The agent was able to establish verified income of over $50,000. Last night… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wayne, the doctors are handing out those cards” like candy” because they don’t see the harm in legalizing it either. It’s a herb, not a drug, they learn those things . Talk to Al Capone about the tax issues.

RAM
RAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

Even though they are handing them out like candy, doctors still hand out more prescriptions for heavy narcotics then recommendations for medical marijuana.

Desert Tortoise
Desert Tortoise
8 years ago
Reply to  Trouble

No, Trouble, they hand those “prescriptions” out like candy because they make money off each one and do very little in the way of actual diagnosis, meaning real work, to write each one. It is easy money, aided and abetted by the naive apologists for them, such as you. Grow… Read more »

Brian
Brian
8 years ago

I’d rather have marijuana being transported than the lab-produced products of modern chemistry. MJ is nothing in comparison which is why it will eventually be legalized in all 50 state and enforcement efforts can focus on the product that is much more dangerous. Regulate MJ like alcohol and tobacco.

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Brian..The main reason will be IF it’s legalized in all 50 states is what better way for the Government to make mega-tax dollars than to tax future generations to an addictive substance ?….just like alcohol….just like tobacco….just like they are going to try to do with E-cig fluid,once they find… Read more »

flabergasted
flabergasted
8 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Agree! You make such good sense.

Roy
Roy
8 years ago

I wonder what medical problem the 20 year old had to get his doper card…ingrown hair on his face, sprained finger. I’m sure the truth of the matter is the kid was a dope dealer out to make some easy money….

RAM
RAM
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy I got my doper card by telling the Doc my eyes hurt when you wear high heels.

Yes I’m joking, but to back up your post it is that easy.

never the less, he’s innocent until proven guilty right?

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Roy

Roy! that doper comment of yours is a sad sign of the all the arrogance our society has placed on over thirty million of our fellow citizens. do you call everybody that takes a drink a alcoholic?

MJA
MJA
8 years ago

Oh wow man… =

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

Oh boy !!!…..Here we’re gonna go again !!!!…..three…..two…..one….GO !!!.

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Yeah, that’s right, here we go again, Wasting tax dollars (officers resources, courts resources etc….) all just because “we the people” can’t come together and tell the state/feds to decriminalize or legalize and tax…. In every social movement you always have those who are hanging on desperately to the old… Read more »

Concerned in Kern
Concerned in Kern
8 years ago

Marijuana is illegal. In California, marijuana is illegal. Marijuana is illegal in California. One cannot own, sell, or consume marijuana in California. Yeah, seems like no matter how I say it… It is illegal to own or possess, sell, or consume marijuana in California. It’s this pesky thing called a… Read more »

Wayne Deja
Wayne Deja
8 years ago

…Just read where the Feds closed down some of those pot shops in Colorado…..guess they were buying from the Columbian cartels and selling to the citizens of Colorado…..and some were saying how if pot is legalized it would run the cartels and black market out of business……..where it looks like… Read more »

Trouble
Trouble
8 years ago
Reply to  Wayne Deja

Wanye, your conclusion and mine couldn’t be further apart. were you raised on Mars?

The Aggressive Progressive
The Aggressive Progressive
8 years ago

And why is it illegal? Why was interracial marriage once illegal? How come we have to have movements just to have a fair and balanced society? Because we are far from perfect and still have a long way to go… The only law I respect is the natural order of… Read more »