Car with 77 pounds of pot stopped in North County
May 20, 2015
A California Highway Patrol officer found 77 pounds of marijuana stuffed into a sports car during a traffic stop Monday morning north of Paso Robles.
Around 10:45 a.m., CHP Officer D. Agredano was driving northbound on Highway 101 south of San Marcos Road when he noticed a red Ford Mustang displaying unusual driving patterns, including traveling at 50 mph in a 65 mph zone.
Agredano stopped the vehicle, which was loaded with clothing and large plastic bags. When the passenger rolled down the window of the Mustang, the officer noticed an overwhelming odor of marijuana.
The car contained four large trash bags, several small trash bags and several glass and plastic containers, each containing marijuana. Additionally, a loaded revolver and a bag of extra ammunition were in the passenger compartment.
Following a series of sobriety tests, the driver, 19-year-old Enrique Silva Cortes, was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana. Moments later, a San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s deputy arrived.
The passenger, 18-year-old Luis Osvaldo Monrroy, was also arrested. Cortes is a resident of King City, and Monrroy resides in Lockwood.
Cortes is charged with transportation of marijuana for sale, possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with a loaded firearm and committing a felony while on bail for an out-of-county warrant. Monrroy faces charges of possession of marijuana for sale, transportation of marijuana for sale and possession of more than one ounce of marijuana.
Officers booked both suspects in San Luis Obispo County Jail.