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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.


Marilyn Leonard September 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM
With the current increase in violent crime all around the Bay Area, I think our resources could be much better spent on that rather than pot drug busts. To make it illegal creates the same problems that were created during Prohibition. It should be legalized, regulated and taxed, just like alcohol, which would eliminate a whole host of problems.
Eric C September 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
really??? a routine traffic stop and it somehow turned up 6 pounds of concentrated Marijuana and 6 pounds of dried marijuana? sounds to me like it may have been headed to a medical marijuana dispensary, and if not, the person is just dumb....but NOT as dumb as the ridiculous Federal Marijuana Laws....I cannot remember a time when we have not been fighting this losing war on cannabis, I echo Marilyn Leonard and say legalize it and tax it......and frankly speaking, it is safer and causes less problems than alcohol... personally, I would rather see our officers ticketing illegal U turns or red lights violations or the other illegal driving maneuvers performed by lots of LG drivers that put people at risk
Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz September 03, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I beg 2 differ Eric. It's a Medical FACT that M J destroys brain cells & is addictive. However I do believe it helps W/ Cancer Patients. For pain.
Tim Gorsulowsky September 03, 2013 at 03:15 PM
It is very nice to have the assurance that our Police Departments are vigilant and requiring the law to be obeyed. Great Job/hat's off to the two Police Departments. We do not need any additional drugs offered to people for their personal recreation. Try feeling good and doing nice things for others'! Great concept.
Naynay September 03, 2013 at 03:18 PM
Well, I hope the cops get a clue and stop harrassing the high school kids. Is so tired of being pulled over in Los Gatos for lame reasons. Im a mom with a wild cats sticker on my car and they think Im a high school kid. I got pulled over once because the direction I was going COULD have meant that I entered the street against a no entry sign....duh I live on the street. Then that cop on the bike gave me a a ticket for speeding which was a lie. (I will fight that becasue I was following grandma and she is a witness.) The female blond cop stopped my daughter who was walking home from fisher (6th grader) and searched her for drugs. The Cops in LG are so GOD Awful. They need to be sent to East side for some action once in a while to get that craving for adrenaline rush out of their system. Or Iraq.
AR September 03, 2013 at 03:27 PM
Naynay - the police require permission to conduct a full search or place the individual under arrest (with miranda rights explained) to perform a search against someone's will. that you claim this was done to a minor is deeply troubling and if your story is accurate you should speak to a lawyer immediately. tell your daughter to decline a search next time. it is her right as a citizen. she should also ask for the badge number of any police officer who attempts to persuade her that she is required to consent to a voluntary search.
Eric C September 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Irene, I don't know where you get your "facts," but MJ is very rarely addictive, and much less so than alcohol or cigarettes, and I believe that any drug, prescription or otherwise, destroys brain cells, including alcohol. but that IS NOT my point, the point is that as a society we are WASTING time and money trying to regulate how people live their lives, and this drug war is a colossal waste of time and money. it hasn't been effective. you can argue all day on the benefits and/or detriments of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana, but in the long run, you can't keep people from using them, even though they are Obviously bad for your health.
Naynay September 03, 2013 at 03:43 PM
LG cops are not good. I think I will start a blogg because seems my comments on patch are deleted. This makes me think that there needs to be some changes and look at those running the patch.
Naynay September 03, 2013 at 03:46 PM
LG cops are not good. I think I will start a blogg because seems my comments and others on patch are deleted. Also, it is against the constitution to remove statements that are posted by US citizens on these public sites.
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) September 03, 2013 at 03:49 PM
@Naynay Your comments have never been deleted under this user name. I've been editing this site for nearly three years. Your comments will only get deleted if you violate our terms of use. If you post harassing and offensive comments or start attacking the police department for doing a job they're required to perform based on the laws of our land, then your comments will be deleted. Thank you for the comments. Keep adding them, just play by the rules of good commenting etiquette. Be respectful and polite toward all involved.
Peter Cook September 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM
No, they have never been deleted but they should be.
Ethan Harmer September 03, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Well, luckily a quick to the Santa Cruz mountains is all it takes to replenish the stash.
Gary Hinze September 03, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Naynay, the Constitution protects you from censorship by the Government. It does not control editorial policies of private news media. There is no Constitutional right to have your letters published in the newspaper. The editor may publish your letters if they contribute something worthwhile to the conversation and don't violate the published terms of use you accepted when you signed on.
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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