“Luck. It was really luck.”
That’s how Stockton cops described hitting the jackpot during a routine traffic stop that netted a whole lot of pot.
“When they weighed it, it was 20.55 pounds – which is well north of $100,000 street value,” said Chief of Police James L. West.
The lucky night was on Nov. 3, when officers stopped a car driving without headlights near Edison High School
“When they walked up to the vehicle they could smell marijuana,” West said.
The 17-year-old driver did not have a license, but did give consent to search his car – which reportedly had bags of pot brownies and jars of marijuana.
Cops took the teenager home, and his mom let them look around inside.
“In the boy’s bedroom, there was ammunition for four different types of handguns, and there was paraphernalia for growing marijuana … There were scales there were packaging material,” West said.
In the backyard, a suspicious looking shed.
“They shined their flashlights in the shed and there was row after row of jars filled marijuana,” West said.
The teen suspect now faces felony charges.
“To me it’s very frightening … We know we can’t take of the whole city, but we need our campuses to be islands of safety,” West said.
Kai Beech filed this report.