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Update: Man Arrested With 12 Pounds of Marijuana in Downtown Los Gatos

Local cops intercept 192 ounces of pot after vehicle stop the morning of Aug. 26, 2013.

A close-up image of the 12 pounds of dried and concentrated cannabis seized by Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police the early morning of Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Photo courtesy LGMSPD
A close-up image of the 12 pounds of dried and concentrated cannabis seized by Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police the early morning of Monday, Aug. 26, 2013. Photo courtesy LGMSPD
Update: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3: The man arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail on Aug. 26 after being found in possession of 12 pounds of pot was initially stopped by Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police for a vehicle code violation related to weaving in a lane, said Chief Scott Seaman today.

The officer who stopped him likely thought he would arrest the 38-year-old for alcohol intoxication since he was driving in the downtown bar area and during the heightened Avoid the 13 Labor Day weekend anti-DUI campaign, Seaman explained.

"That's exactly what I want them (officers) to do at 2 a.m.," the chief said in an interview with Los Gatos Patch. "Find people who are endangering the community by drinking and driving. If they find other evidence in the course of that investigation, then they have lawful duty to investigate that."

The chief also shared a photo of the pot seizure, which is now attached to this story.

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A 38-year-old man was arrested and booked into Santa Clara County Jail at 2 a.m. Aug. 26 on North Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Los Gatos after being found in possession of more than 12 pounds of pot.

The man was caught with the marijuana after Los Gatos/Monte Sereno police conducted a vehicle stop and found the driver with more than six pounds of concentrated cannabis and six pounds of dried cannabis.

He was charged with possession, sales and transportation of marijuana.

Concentrated cannabis is defined by the Health and Safety Code as separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from marijuana.

Sales and transportation of marijuana is a felony under Health and Safety Code and transporting or giving away, or furnishing, one ounce or less is a misdemeanor punishable by a maximum $100 fine.

The 12 pounds of the drug equal 5,442 grams, or 192 ounces of pot. It's unknown the retail value of the narcotic.

—Los Gatos Patch will update this story as soon as more information becomes available.


Lynley Kerr Hogan September 04, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Marijuana is one of the world's greatest natural medicines, even for cancer. It is a sad day when an organic compound grown naturally in our backyard is considered bad. Meanwhile, our town is saturated with alcoholic encouraged events and places. Can't remember the last time MJ alone caused any harm to anyone ever in the history of the world. If you have evidence saying otherwise, please let me know! Nothing makes sense!
Bob Rosenthal September 04, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Meanwhile, illegal u-turns in the middle of Santa Cruz ave. are ignored.
Cassie Maas September 04, 2013 at 05:33 PM
This is a pretty funny story. Someone actually thought it was a good idea to put that much illegal stuff in their car, drive erratically, on a holiday weekend with enhanced enforcement on duty and they didn't even think about what would happen if they were pulled over? Boggles the mind!
Bill Brobst September 04, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Bob I am with you on that, I have seen u turns a lot lately - what joke.
Julian Groft September 06, 2013 at 01:38 AM
6 pounds, thats a lot, was it willie nelson?

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