Quarter-pound of pot seized in traffic stop
A man who claimed to have a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana was arrested near Crowley Lake after a California Highway Patrol officer determined that a quarter pound of pot seemed excessive for an individual prescription.
Oceanside, Calif., resident Ronald Ricky Moor Jr., 29, was a passenger in a 2009 Chrysler that was stopped along Highway 395 on Sunday afternoon.
On contacting the three people in the vehicle, the officer reported smelling fresh marijuana. During a search, the officer found more than a quarter-pound of marijuana packaged for sale in vacuum-sealed bags.
Moore said the marijuana in the vehicle all belonged to him, and showed the officer a doctor’s recommendation.
“After questioning Moore, the officer determined that the amount of marijuana possessed by Moore grossly exceeded any reasonable ‘medical necessity,’” according to spokeswoman Anne Morin.
Moore was taken into custody for multiple felony and misdemeanor controlled substance charges and taken to jail in Bridgeport.
The vehicle’s driver was cited and released.
“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 U.S. 395 which resulted in a felony drug arrest,” said Bridgeport Area Commander Lt. R.D. Cohan. “Arrests like these demonstrate the need for professional, aggressive law enforcement in Mono County.”