Police arrested a Mountain View woman Wednesday after finding 29 pounds of marijuana -- with an estimated street value of more than $140,000 -- in her apartment.
After receiving an email tip that a woman living in the apartment complex located at 660 Tyrella Ave. was selling pot out of her home, a sergeant with the Mountain View police walked by the apartment numerous times over a number of days to see if he could smell signs of the drug, department spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.
The officer never smelled anything suspicious, but given the specificity of the information provided in the tip-off email, the investigating policeman decided to conduct what Wylie called a "knock and talk" shortly before noon on June 15.
When the apartment's tenant answered the door, the officer could "immediately smell fresh marijuana," Wylie said. The woman then let the officer in her apartment, where he found dried, ready-to-smoke marijuana buds "everywhere."
The woman also had scales for weighing out the pot and baggies for packaging it, Wylie said. All told, the woman, whom Wylie identified as 36-year-old Honey Margoles of Mountain View, had 29 pounds of marijuana throughout her apartment.
Margoles -- who was "very cooperative with the investigation," according to Wylie--told police that she had just bought 20 pounds of pot on June 14 for $30,000.
Wylie said the woman did not have a medical marijuana card and was "definitely dealing" the drug. Margoles would have made a hefty profit from selling the pot in one-ounce increments, the police spokeswoman said, and would have reaped even more cash if she sold it in smaller quantities.
"That's why dealers deal," Wylie said. "It's very lucrative, and it's very easy to get very greedy very quickly."
While Margoles may have sold some of the marijuana to individuals with a doctor's prescription, Wylie said, "We do not believe she was selling it only to people with medicinal marijuana cards. Dealers like this are flying under the radar. We don't know, but she could have been very easily dealing to teenagers."
Margoles was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell, a felony, Wylie said. She was booked into jail. Police are currently investigating where Margoles obtained the pot originally.