This Police Report Brought to You By the Letters P, O, and T and the Number 420
It's a worthwhile argument: Police reports leading up to the July 4 weekend for just one of the city's many police stations -- the Taraval unit -- was stocked with so many pot-related busts one could be forgiven for mistaking it for out-takes from a Cheech and Chong movie. That being said, the folks getting corralled offered a primer in "how to get yourself busted for drugs, even in San Francisco" and were engaging in a number of societally unacceptable behaviors -- such as burning it down. Here's a quick rundown:
- A man who parked his car the wrong way on 36th avenue attracted police attention -- which was enhanced when the overpowering odor of pot came wafting out of the driver's side. A subsequent search of the man's home and vehicle revealed "a large amount of Marijuana and packaging material." Look, the city is broke -- why even park the wrong way and get a ticket for that?
- A driver at Noriega and Great Highway was stopped for an equipment violation. The officer smelled Marijuana and then witnessed the suspect attempt to discard cocaine. A quick investigation revealed other drugs in the car as well. The tire iron -- actually a jury-rigged bong. Okay, we made that one up.
- A man who blew the stop sign at Taraval and 37th stank of Marijuana, and had Marijuana and cocaine in the vehicle. A "consent search" of his residence revealed more of the same, and packaging material.
- A driver on 31st Ave. attracted attention by having no licence plate -- and, yes, he had Marijuana on his person. A search warrant for his home turned up a "sophisticated Marijuana grow" operation as well as "illegal weapons." Didn't turn up that licence plate, though.
- Officers noticed a fire on the 200 block of Ortega. Firefighters informed the police this was a Marijuana grow up in smoke, seemingly yet another example of growers sparking a blaze by shoddily rigging up the wiring to "jump the box" and not register large amounts of electricity being used to power the operation. At this point, officers arrested a man who happened to be driving slowly down the road and ogling the blaze; it turned out to be his house.