Four people were arrested after Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) confiscated narcotics from two vehicles on Sixth Street in Santa Monica late Monday, October 23rd, police said.
Police were called to the 1500 block of Sixth Street at about 11:30 p.m. regarding a complaint of possible drug activity occurring in the area.
On arrival, officers observed two suspicious vehicles at the location and detained four people, who all allegedly smelled of marijuana and admitted to recently smoking marijuana in a nearby parking lot, police said.
A drug detection canine arrived at the scene and alerted officers to the presence of narcotics in the two vehicles, police said.
A search of the vehicles led to the recovery of over an ounce of “high-quality” marijuana and an electronic scale from one car, and over four ounces of cocaine, two ounces of “high quality” marijuana, an electronic scale and packaging material from the other car, police said.
All four suspects were arrested and booked in Santa Monica Jail on narcotics charges.
One of the suspects admitted to being a “marijuana connoisseur,” stating that he is not ill and does not possess a prescription for medical marijuana, but that he does obtain his “high quality” marijuana from various cannabis collectives located in West Los Angeles and Hollywood, police alleged.
The suspect told officers that he had several friends who worked at cannabis collectives and they obtained the marijuana for his recreational use, police alleged.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or other drug-related crimes is asked to contact the Santa Monica Police Department Narcotics/Vice Section at (310) 458-8455.
Anonymous tips may be left at the SMPD Narcotics Tip Line, (310) 458-2292, or the We-Tip national hotline. (800) 782-7463 (800-78-CRIME).
Callers with information that leads to an arrest and conviction become eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.