CASTRO VALLEY (KCBS) – A traffic stop of a driver talking on his cellphone uncovered a big East Bay drug haul over the weekend. Investigators said this shows the underground marijuana market is still lucrative despite legalization.

The California Highway Patrol said an officer spotted a man talking on his phone on Interstate 580 near Castro Valley on Saturday. As he tried to pull the driver over, he was cut off by a sedan, which was trying to distract the officer.

Both drivers were stopped and officers found over 200 pounds of marijuana between the two vehicles. That traffic stop led to two storage units in Alameda, where investigators found another 100 pounds of pot, grow equipment and over $1 million stashed in a suitcase.

“So basically a car stop for a cellphone violation led to the recovery of 325 pounds of marijuana, $1,030,000 and on top of that some marijuana equipment,” Alameda County Sheriff’s spokesperson Ray Kelly told KCBS.

The names of the two suspects are not being released yet but they’re believed to be connected to a larger network.

“Marijuana continues to be a very, very lucrative business,” Kelly said.

Comments (5)
  1. The most dangerous aspect of cannabis consumption is running into lazy law enforcement officers looking for soft targets instead of fighting real crime. It is absolutely clear that cannabis is by far safer than booze or tobacco.

    According to the Center for Disease Control alcohol, tobacco are directly responsible for over 500,000 deaths annually in this country. Alcohol intoxicated drivers kill another 16,000 Americans each year in traffic accidents.

    The CDC also posts the dangers of cannabis use as 0 deaths in all medical history due to toxic overdose and cannabis has almost no statistical record of traffic problems.

    Enough with the lies, just Legalize!!!

  2. That would be the regulated re-legalization that has yet to be implemented which hasn’t cured the black market in California?

    Let’s be clear here and now…there aren’t any reasonably sane people predicting an absolute eradication of the black market for cannabis in California. There’s still a black market in shoes for crying out loud. The sycophants have more than a century of this epic failure of public policy. Can’t you at least wait until Prop 64 is fully implemented before you start whining that it isn’t working?