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300 pounds of marijuana seized in San Francisco
In early April, law enforcement officers arrested two drivers on charges of drug trafficking and confiscated over 300 pounds of marijuana and $1 million in cash at a traffic stop in the East Bay area. According to the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, the drivers were arrested in Castro Valley when they tried to flee from the scene.
It all began when an observant California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer noticed a seemingly errant van driver talking on his mobile phone, while maneuvering the wheel on the highway. In a bid to avert a possible road accident, the CHP officer tried to pull the van over on Interstate 580 and charge the driver for a cell phone violation. As the CHP officer was stopping the van, a sedan intercepted the CHP patrol vehicle, allowing the van to easily flee from the scene. However, the patrol officer gave both the cars a chase and managed to arrest the drivers eventually in the Castro Valley area.
On further investigation, the officers discovered about eight pounds of marijuana in the sedan and another 200 pounds inside the van. Additionally, a team of investigators with the Alameda County Narcotics Task Force revealed that the arrested were linked to several storage lockers in the city of Alameda. On searching the storage lockers thoroughly, authorities from the local sheriff’s office found additional 100 pounds of processed weed, cannabis growing equipment and a suitcase containing more than $1 million in cash.
Marijuana menace in San Francisco
Strolling around the Haight-Ashbury District and the Golden Gate Park neighborhoods, one is sure to rub shoulders with the drug dealers, vagrants and drug users. Many of them who walk past could be possible weed junkies or pot sellers. In fact, most San Franciscans say Golden Gate Park is the place to buy weed and “Buds” is the code word. This is the place to explore different varieties of cannabis and choose strains of marijuana that are high in THC.
What began during the hippie counterculture movement of the 1960s has eventually left no stone unturned to brand the City by the Bay as the pothead capital of the United States. Though pot is approved for medical use, non-prescription weed still continues to be illegal in the San Francisco region, making the legal status somewhat vague.
A report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that over 15 percent of San Francisco residents aged 12 and above use marijuana on a monthly basis, which has been considered the highest rate of pot use nationwide. Despite the legalization of cannabis use in several states across the country including California, marijuana continues to remain a Schedule I drug as per the dictates of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Battling addiction menace
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to marijuana or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The San Francisco Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you get one of the best addiction treatment programs and embrace sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 415-366-6922 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.