(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.