Rap artist cited in Mono County

Traffic Stop conducted on Rap Artist Frank Ocean  (MCSO press release) 

mcsoOn Monday, December 31, 2012, at approximately 4:30pm, a Mono County Deputy Sheriff, with the assistance of a California Highway Patrol Officer, observed a black BMW traveling at a high rate of speed, southbound on US Hwy 395 near Tom’s Place.

The vehicle was stopped by the Deputy. As the Deputy approached the vehicle, a strong odor of marijuana came from inside the car. Christopher Breaux, aka Frank Ocean, age 25, of Beverly Hills, CA, had a small bag of marijuana on his person. Mr. Breaux was cited for possession of marijuana and released.

This incident has been forwarded to the Mono County District Attorney’s Office for review.


Written and prepared by Jennifer Hansen, Public Information Officer

43 Responses to Rap artist cited in Mono County

  1. Jeremiah's Alter Ego January 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Because when you are rich and famous you don’t play by the same rules.
    You know if this was Jeremiah’s alter ego that got pulled over for speeding, Marijuana and a suspended license. And was just cited and released. My whole out look would change but I know that isn’t reality if that was me, reality would be you all seeing my mugshot on this website.

    • Wayne Deja January 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

      That’s why I think a 30 day impound would be better punishment for breaking the laws he did….two times in one day….If HE had to make the 250 mile drive to reclaim his sportscar from a tow yard,and cough up about $1,200 impound fees,next time he wanted to smoke weed and drive with no license,and speed,maybe he’d give it all a lot of thought.

      • Benett Kessler January 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

        Where are we getting this two times in one day violation?

        • Big Rick OBrien January 9, 2013 at 8:04 pm #

          The new York Daily News article stated that he was stopped in Inyo County on the 30th going north-bound on 395 and stopped at Keoghs HOT Springs and cited. The next day,New Years Eve. he was cited AGAIN going south-bound on 395 at Tom’s Place, where he was cited for pot,tinted windows, driving on a suspended license. He even tweeted a photo from the back seat of the patrol car, (they obviously didn’t take his phone or cuff him). Does ANYBODY reading this think that if it had been them in the back of that cruiser, they would have NOT been wearing handcuffs ??? TAKING PICTURES AND TWEETING ABOUT IT ? Not LIKELY.

          • Wayne Deja January 10, 2013 at 8:09 am #

            Big Rick…Maybe not in cuffs,since things have evolved to where if your in possession of certain drugs,it’s now become a citation and not an arrest…..but I doubt we’d be able to be taking photos with our cell-phone,and making a joke out of it. If we did,the least we’d get is a good tounge-lashing,and told to put the phone down.This here is a PERFECT reason so many young people look up to and want to be the “gangsta-thug”…….lots of $$$,do as you please,above the law,and when you do something wrong,you can make a big joke out of it….with little or no consequences.

  2. Steve January 7, 2013 at 9:41 am #

    Sounds like he had weed in the car but was not stoned or it would be a DUI arrest. They would not have let him travel on his way.

  3. Big Rick OBrien January 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm #

    Bennett, just wonderin’ what happened to the +’s and -‘s …

    • Benett Kessler January 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm #

      We underwent a major move of the website to a new and better host. Our webmaster is onto the like/dislike malfunction and will have it back ASAP.
      Benett (Thanks for asking about this.)

      • Ken Warner January 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm #

        Seems a bit faster and more responsive.

  4. ferdinand lopez January 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    forget hes a rapper for a second,he was speeding and got pulled over.he had marajuana.he got cited just like anyone else would have.he was putting innocent lives in danger being high and speeding on 395,which is a highway that needs your full attention with all the people driving crazy already trying to get to and from mammoth.stoners,quit siding with other stoners commiting crimes and getting caught,your stoned opinion doesnt count.

  5. Sean F January 5, 2013 at 1:14 am #

    He must have been speeding to get a pot prescription because of a bad skiing injury.

    Regarding cops stopping speeders do you have any idea how many serious criminals have been caught because they were speeding away from where they just committed a crime? A TON! They are speeding to get away from the area..

    Not to mention speeding is the #1 cause of accidents I think.

  6. Big Rick OBrien January 4, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

    A “RAPPER” with weed and NO guns…this is a first. TMZ reported that he also had a suspended DL & his passenger had to drive the car back to the city of angels. Just sayin’.

    • Big Rick OBrien January 6, 2013 at 9:33 pm #

      Some people never learn…he was cited TWICE in a 24 hr. period. once northbound at Keough’s Hot Springs in Inyo County and then AGAIN going southbound at Tom’s place, where the CHP took his suspended DL. Why is it that idiots with tons of money can never seem to maintain a valid drivers license, and knowing it, continue to laugh in the face of the law. It used to be an automatic 10 in jail for driving on a suspended license, but I guess that only applies to (regular, everyday) people.

      • Wayne Deja January 7, 2013 at 8:13 am #

        Don’t understand…If he was cited TWO times in one day for driving on a suspended license,he should have been arrested AND had his vehicle impounded.I know the report says with the stop by Tom’s Place,the passenger took the wheel….but as soon as the CHP officer was gone and out of sight, I bet he was back behind the wheel and driving..again..and speeding…again.Take the vehicle,impound it in a tow yard for 30 days…causing this idiot hardships to reclaim it….THAT is how to teach him a lesson…not some $150.00 speeding ticket I’m sure he can afford.

  7. Wayne Deja January 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Another instance of a Hollywood boy thinking he can do as he pleases….and again people defending him because he happened to have marijuana in possession.First off,putting other lives in danger by speeding,and on top of that being high on pot AND speeding…and then someone trying to say a Sheriff has no business pulling him over in the first place…Why,because he is rich and has a fancy car ?

    • Benett Kessler January 4, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

      Do remember all of these allegations are allegations. The case has not been adjudicated.

    • Trouble January 4, 2013 at 10:05 pm #

      Wayne- you got guts calling this rapper dude boy. i’ll give ya that. But I could care less that he was speeding or in possession of anything. It’s his music I can’t stand.

  8. JJ January 4, 2013 at 6:38 pm #

    Last I knew, Mono County Sheriff does not have Radar. They have no business pulling over a “speeding” vehicle. How fast can they know the car was going?

    • Benett Kessler January 4, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

      I do believe law enforcement officers, not just the CHP, do have the right and duty to stop what are obviously speeding vehicles.
      Benett Kessler

      • Dan Watson January 4, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

        First, a disclaimer. The MLPD had nothing to do with this stop and I only know what was put out in the news release. To JJ’s comment, radar is not required to stop a vehicle for speeding. Police vehicles have speedometers that are certified periodically to show the actual speed. I don’t know if the MCSO vehicle had radar. If not, the deputy would have “paced” the vehicle which means they travel at the same speed to determine the speed of the vehicle they are pacing. This has been a standard law enforcement practice since well before I started and I wrote many speeding tickets this way. Traffic enforcement, especially speeding, is very much the business of law enforcement. And traffic enforcement often leads to arrests for more serious crimes. I disagree with Jeremiah’s Alter Ego’s comment that traffic enforcement is lame or petty.

        • Trouble January 5, 2013 at 5:59 am #

          Mr. Watson- I sure admire that you are not afraid to respond to public opinions and comments you hear. Ever consider running for Bishop D.A.?

          • Ken Warner January 5, 2013 at 11:17 am #

            How about City Council? This town could use some clear thinkers with integrity.

        • Jon January 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

          I’d have a field day in court with this one since no radar was used. When was the oil last changed in the police car, the tires, speedometer professionally checked. Just watch, this dude is free.

          • Big AL January 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

            The Judge would probably laugh at ya Jon

        • Jeremiah's Alter Ego January 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

          I as well respect your willingness to address the public. BUT it wasn’t the speeding it was the Marijuana that was the main kicker in this story. Traffic Enforcement is definitely important, it was the law that which allows officers to place people in the criminal category if they have any type of hemp/THC/marijuana in their presence. That is the petty and lame circumstance I was speaking of.
          Honestly Dan I see the officers that are first on scene to a car crash that was from a speeding vehicle, Drunk Driver, etc. to be a circumstance that not everybody is able to swallow.
          My view is as long as us a collective society think we can consume and waste natural resource’s such as hemp and think we can keep up this rate of consumption is a loss for generations after us. If people act like it isn’t a issue and carry on with their convenient lives, they as well are part of the problem!!

    • J.J. January 4, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

      Imposter you forgot the periods.

    • Tim January 4, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

      It is called pacing where you see someone going really fast and then catch up/match speeds. And considering how many people have died on the 395, the fact that most people believe they are much better drivers than they really are, that there was a good chance that the guy was under the influence of marijuana, and that it is winter and there are patches of water and ice on the roads, and that the guy was driving really fast, I’m glad the sheriff’s went after him and pulled him over. Better to give the guy a ticket and slow him down than have the guy possibly hurt or kill either himself or some other person with the bad luck to be on the road at the same time. I don’t know why there is hatred of the cops for things like this. In my experience the CHP and Sheriff’s in the Mono/Inyo aren’t as aggressive as many other agencies I’ve run into. They don’t hammer people for driving 73 in a 65 zone (or else I’d probably have a bunch of tickets) but they go after the people who drive overly aggressive and put others at risk.

      • Big AL January 6, 2013 at 10:30 pm #

        I agree Tim

  9. Jeremiah's Alter Ego January 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    How lame and who is still for the cops wasting their resources on such a petty issue? In this instance can anybody reveal any progress towards anything during this cite and release besides the officer stopping the individual that was traveling at a high rate of speed that we see all to often when it is ski and snowboard season.
    Besides the speculation we can all throw out there, what good did our collective tax dollars produce in this instance?
    Serious question? If we are talking about cutting law enforcement staff and livelihoods why would we continue to use resources in this fashion?

    • Charles O. Jones January 4, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

      The “high rate of speed” is a bigger threat to the rest of us than his bag of weed is.
      Slow the FRICK down. The rest of us will thank you and the Sheriffs won’t bother you.

    • Big AL January 6, 2013 at 10:25 pm #

      Maybe it … just maybe now … it slowed his sorry ass down. He just thought he could do what ever he wanted .. they could have cited him for HRoS as well. So far it is the law .. don’t get high and drive … he probably blew by the Sheriff deputy thinking he was all cool yo.

      So you think .. just letting him drive on down the road at a high rate of speed, get high, do what ever he wants is ok?

      • Jeremiah's Alter Ego January 9, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

        “So far it is the law” but I can come up with several irrational laws that have been debunked in time.
        No Alvin I don’t think it is OK but I also don’t think it is OK for cops to continue to pat themselves on the back for anything that has to do with minor pot possession.
        In reality I like to think it doesn’t effect me if it is legal or not, but knowing or current laws allow the system to create hardened criminals because they had to evolve to their surroundings when really all they were was a non violent person with a chemical dependency.

  10. Tourbillon January 4, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    I was speedin’ the Sierra with Mary Jane
    gotta flash in da mirror that was all insane
    doin’ nothin’ but tokin’ and feelin’ the awe
    when all of a sudden I get popped by the law

    Now I ain’t complainin’ even though it’s rainin’
    in Bridgeport and only the slammer is open
    But I’d be feignin’ if I said no Mary Janin’
    and a sick P. Defender is what I’m hopin’

    My ride’s been impounded and my crib’s bein’ hounded
    by the heat executing their sorry search warrants
    But my peeps got me sprung so I rebounded
    Soon the cash and the drugs will be back in torrents

    • Ken Warner January 4, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

      …pretty good…

      • Tourbillon January 5, 2013 at 9:54 am #

        Why thank you. Writing awful doggerel is easier than it looks, so I’ve decided to cast about for a “rad” handle with which to launch a new career. I understand from some neighborhood youngsters that the moniker “M and M”, oddly enough, met with critical acceptance a few years back, and believe that a suitable knock off which coincidentally reflects the charm of the genre would confer instant “street cred” upon an aspiring new artist in the field. What think you of “Enema”?

        • Benett Kessler January 5, 2013 at 10:51 am #

          Too vulgar.

          • Tourbillon January 5, 2013 at 11:06 am #

            There is no such thing as “too vulgar” in rap, my dear. It is both delightful and flattering to your taste that you are unaware of this.

        • Ken Warner January 5, 2013 at 11:08 am #

          Enema — that’s pretty funny…

        • Ken Warner January 5, 2013 at 11:14 am #

          …by the way, I get the “M” reference — that’s pretty good too.

        • Big AL January 6, 2013 at 10:18 pm #

          T Dog brown

  11. Trouble January 3, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Maybe after our next election there will be no crime to report here.

    • Wayne Deja January 7, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Trouble…..And if the population was dumb enough to do that in the next election,I’m sure the “recreational pot smokers” would somehow try to find loop-holes,excuses,etc. trying to make their pot-smoking immune to anytype of Law Enforcement consequences……the same way they did with the “medical marijuana” issue….thinking it would be O.K.and lawful to smoke marijuana and drive a vehicle…O.K. to smoke marijuana in public….O.K.to legally smoke marijuana if you are under 18…O.K. to grow on public land..O.K. to sell and profit…employers would have no say if their employees used pot on the job ..no set standards what-so-ever….THAT is how the pot smokers want it to be.If it does come up to a vote this next election,I seriously doubt the voters will be hood-winked AGAIN, like so many were before (including myself) thinking it’s the right thing,and the best thing to do.

  12. getreal January 3, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    whoopity doo ..anyone surprised a rap “artist” had weed on him ?? Im not. Can we have a interesting news story now ?


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