Montgomery County Police Beat / Steven Tosi of Santa Cruz Nabbed with 250 pounds of pot by Maryland cop
BAD NEWS VIRGINIA! The Maryland cops have your weed that was going to be under your tree for Christmas!
CLARKSBURG, MD. — A large drug distribution network of drug traffickers might want to give their delivery drivers drug tests to determine if that employee is a druggie as druggies make very undependable employees. In the case of a bulk marijuana delivery driver nabbed in a radar trap on I-270 in Montgomery County, Maryland, the failure to require drug testing led to the loss of loads of dope – due mostly to the driver being a doper with a lead foot and the stoner’s failure to use cruise control.
Officers from the Montgomery County Police Department have arrested and charged Steven M. Tosi, age 53, of 271 Berkshire Drive, Santa Cruz, California, with criminal charges related to the possession and trafficking of approximately 250 pounds of marijuana. Tosi faces a hearing on Dec. 23, 2016, in District Court for Montgomery County in Rockville.
POTHEAD DIDN’T NOTICE THE BEAR IN THE MEDIAN STRIP
On December 5 at approximately 2:19 p.m., a Montgomery County Police Officer assigned to the 5th District’s Community Action Team (DCAT) was conducting speed enforcement using a laser on southbound Interstate 270 in the median just north of the Clarksburg Road exit. The officer’s laser indicated that a southbound Chrysler Town & Country van was traveling at 66 miles per hour (MPH) in a 55 MPH zone. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the van on southbound Interstate 270 at the Clarksburg Road exit. The officer approached the vehicle and identified the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle as Tosi. The officer could smell an odor of fresh marijuana emanating from the vehicle. When the officer asked Tosi about the smell, Tosi stated that he was smoking marijuana inside the vehicle and that there was a joint inside.
When the officer asked Tosi about the smell, Tosi stated that he was smoking marijuana inside the vehicle and that there was a joint inside.
Officers conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located approximately 250 pounds of marijuana. The marijuana was vacuum sealed in various bundles. Officers also located a small amount of marijuana in a backpack on the front passenger seat and a marijuana joint on top of the front center armrest. The vehicle Tosi was driving was determined to be a rental vehicle.
Tosi was placed under arrest by Montgomery County Police Officer R. Sheehan. During questioning, Tosi stated that he had picked up the marijuana in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and intended on delivering the drug to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tosi was transported to the Central Processing Unit and is being held without bond.
Montgomery County Police didn’t release the information of Tosi’s arrest until Dec. 20, 2016, apparently giving detectives time to work the information provided by the accused – who may now be in a heap of trouble with his supplier, who is out both the payload of pot and the bucks. Tosi is still being held in the slammer and might not want to get out.
Virginia State Police Trooper S. J. Parks arrested Randy Lamont Baker, of Norfolk, on I-264 on July 8, 2014, and found five pounds of pot in his 2001 Yukon when he stopped Baker for speeding in Virginia Beach, Va. The value of the haul of weed was set at $27,000 by the police. Baker was charged with possession with intent to distribute. The trooper had detected the strong smell of pot in the Yukon.
Using the Virginia State Police formula for the value of the marijuana, the dope seized from Tosi’s minivan was worth $1,350,000.
The Cannabis Benchmarks website provides this information on the latest pricing for marijuana:
U.S. Cannabis Spot Index down 1.9% to $1,465 per pound.
The simple average (non-volume weighted) price decreased $34 to $1,765 per pound, with 68% of transactions (one standard deviation) in the $1,259 to $2,270 per pound range. The average deal size decreased 10% to 9.8 pounds this week, from 10.9 pounds last week. In grams, the Spot price was $3.23, and the simple average price was $3.89.
National-level transaction stats continued to hold very steady for what has now been in excess of a month. In fact, the only substantive change documented this week was observed in the relative frequency of transactions; deals for indoor-grown product increased their relative frequency by 2% week-over-week. The relative volume traded as a percent of the total for flower of each individual grow type was virtually unchanged compared to the week prior.
Indoor flower spanned from $949 to $3,200 per pound; the median price was $1,800.
Greenhouse flower spanned from $900 to $3,200 per pound; the median price was $1,662.
Outdoor flower spanned from $500 to $2,250 per pound; the median price was $1,200.