Car with 77 pounds of pot stopped in North County

May 20, 2015
Enrique Silva Cortes

Enrique Silva Cortes

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.

Luis Osvaldo Monrroy

Luis Osvaldo Monrroy

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.

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actually legalization has increased the cost as prices have to factor in employment regulation and taxes:


Huh? Increased the cost compared to what? It was illegal before so there is no base price or old price to increase the cost from. So the statement makes no sense. The price of illegal pot has stayed the same.

If you are trying to say that “legalizing” pot has not really been “legalizing” it because of all the rules and regulations and taxes that came along with the so called “legalizing” then you make the same argument I make. In a truly free market pot is the easiest plant there is to grow, much easier than coffee for example which goes for about $3 a pound. Pot is about as easy to grow as corn which is something like $3 a bushel. A bushel of corn weight about 35lbs. Imagine if pot were selling for pennies a pound? Guess what, no more black market. It would disappear overnight.

But with the federal government still holding pot illegal and the banks (all being federally regulated) refusing to bank for the pot industry because of possible federal prosecution and all the bureaucrats sticking their tin cups out at every stage and the rules and regulations burdening growers, distributors, sellers–pot is a very risky and still dangerous industry and about as legal a prescription drug.

Give it another generation though and undoubtedly the price of pot will go down about 2/3.

The perp had a loaded firearm, was driving under the influence and was out on bail for his previous felony .


DUI is a misdemeanor. When you move illegal pot you have to have a loaded firearm or some low life will rob you. It’s called self protection.

There’s nothing you can say that will justify the $500,000 the government is now going to spend prosecuting and housings these young men for the next decade.

Here’s an idea, let’s spend your money prosecuting them and housing them in prison. Guaranteed then, you won’t be so gung-ho to lock them up over a harmless plant when it’s your money.

In another 25 years the next generation will be laughing at how stupid this generation was for prosecuting people for this harmless plant.

“Can I see your license please”

“Um, isn’t it on the back of the car?”