A traffic stop by Palo Alto police for an expired vehicle registration led to the multi-felony arrest of a Mountain View resident Monday for, among other things, stashing marijuana in his dreadlocks.
At around noon, Melvin Robbins, 21, was driving his Oldsmobile Aurora along East Bayshore Road when an officer stopped him and noticed the aroma of marijuana wafting from the car.
Upon questioning, Robbins allegedly refused to provide either identification or his real name, said Palo Alto police Sgt. Dan Ryan. A second officer and a detective joined the scene, and a search of Robbins' car turned up a small amount of marijuana and a loaded handgun, Ryan said.
After being taken to the Palo Alto police station, police reportedly said they looked at his head to find a marijuana joint stuck in his dreadlocks.
Robbins was identified by police as a parolee with addresses in Hayward and Mountain View, and was found to have four outstanding arrest warrants against him for domestic violence and battery.
He was charged with three felonies in connection with Monday's traffic stop: possession of a loaded firearm, which violates the terms of probation for domestic violence; removal of a serial number from a gun -- the serial number was scraped off; and possession of a handgun as a former felon.
He was also charged for misdemeanor possession of marijuana, providing false information to an officer and driving with a suspended license, Ryan said.
Robbins is being held on $350,000 bail.