On Feb. 3, it was reported that two California residents were taken into police custody after authorities seized a large amount of opium poppy seeds. Authorities stated that this seizure could potentially be the largest in California history.
California residents may be aware that President Obama pardoned or commuted the sentences of more federal prisoners than any other chief executive in U.S. history. Obama brought the total number of commutations granted during his eight years in the Oval Office to 1,715 on Jan. 18 when he reduced the sentences of 330 inmates as one of his last acts as president. During his eight years he freed 568 federal prisoners who faced spending the rest of their lives behind bars.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife personnel who were investigating an illegal fish trafficking scheme discovered drugs and counterfeit money when they searched two Fresno homes. Two men were taken into custody on Dec. 8 as a result.
California drivers should be aware of the potential for baking soda to be identified as cocaine during routine traffic stops. Open containers of baking soda could not only be mistaken for illegal drugs, but they may also test positive during chemical tests. Police officers often use cheap narcotics identification kits to test substances they find in vehicles. In some cases, these tests can yield false positive results.
On Nov. 8, residents of California will vote on Proposition 64. If passed, the measure will allow people in the state to purchase, carry and give away up to an ounce of marijuana for recreational use. Prop 64 will also allow Californians to grow six marijuana plants in their home and carry as much as 8 grams of concentrated cannabis.
A report points to the need for decriminalizing personal drug use and possession in California as well as in the rest of the nation. The report was released by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Human Rights Watch organizations on Oct. 12.
On May 21, police from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department apprehended four men in New Cuyama who were attending an event held at the Cuyama Buckhorn Restaurant. According to authorities, the men, who all reside in Bakersfield, face various charges involving drugs and weapons.
A 30-year-old man from California was wearing a jail jumpsuit when he was taken into custody on April 11. Fresno County Sheriff's deputies recognized the man from past incidents when they saw him standing on a median and looking at a parked car. Witnesses had reported that the man seemed disoriented when he was seen walking in the middle of the road.
Undercover police officers in California detained seven teenagers on April 5 after conducting an investigation into the use and distribution of marijuana near a San Diego high school. Media reports indicate that the teens, four minors and three 18-year-old adults, were released after being questioned by SDPD detectives. The teens were detained at approximately 8:30 a.m. in Torrey Highlands. Police say that the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
Law enforcement agencies in Los Angeles, California, are calling for restrictions to be placed on the sale of butane to curb the spread of a highly potent form of marijuana known as butane honey oil. Individuals are required to show identification before purchasing products like aerosol cans of paint and cough medicine that are able to be used for illegal purposes, and police want to see butane added to that list.