Dude, There's Pot Hanging Out Your Window
DALY CITY, CA - APRIL 18: Leaves of a mature marijuana plant are seenin a display at The International Cannabis and Hemp Expo April 18, 2010 at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. The two day Cannabis and Hemp Expo features speakers, retailers selling medical marijuana smoking paraphernalia and a special tent available for medical marijuana card holders to smoke their medicine. Voters in California will consider a measure on the November general election ballot that could make the State the first in the nation to legalize the growing of a limited amount of marijuana for private use. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Updated at 3:37 PM PST on Friday, Jun 11, 2010
A routine traffic stop by Oakland School police turned into a big pot bust Friday.
Oakland school cops stopped a van just before 10 a.m. at Embarcadero Street and Fifth Avenue around 10 a.m.
Apparently the marijuana was hard to miss.
"I think the weed was sticking out of the window," Sgt. Jonathan Bellusa told Bay City News.
Bellusa said the pot was in plain view and add it's aroma was bursting out of the van enough to "make you gasp for breath."
In all, cops confiscated six garbage bags full of marijuana plants that would have been worth about $20,000 if sold on the street. They then went to the driver's home and found another 50 more plants.
The unidentified driver, a man in his 50s, was arrested and sent to jail.
Oakland school police are under the OPD. They wear the same uniforms and drive the same cars, but get their paychecks from the Oakland Unified School District.