Police find marijuana in suspect's dreadlocks

Mountain View resident Melvin Robbins, 21, charged with multiple felonies

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.

— Staff Reports


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Posted by Puddin Tan
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Great!!!!! at least one less gun out there,,,,(assuming the cops will dispose of it)as to him,,,a little time ALONE (month?) to think about it all

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Posted by AB390
a resident of Shoreline West
on Sep 17, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Legalize marijuana for ALL adults: Web Link

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Posted by The Ghetto Guru
a resident of another community
on Sep 17, 2009 at 6:49 pm

This is how white people keep jobs! They love working at prisons and treating others like [Portion removed due to disrespectful comment or offensive language].

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a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2009 at 11:00 am

LEAP -- Law Enforcement Against Prohibition -- is a group of some 13,000 police officers, judges, prosecutors and prison wardens who are opposed to drug prohibition and want it ended. On their blog, they note a new FBI report that shows a staggering rate of drug arrests in this country.

A group of police and judges who want to legalize drugs pointed to new FBI numbers released today as evidence that the "war on drugs" is a failure that can never be won. The data, from the FBI's "Crime in the United States" report, shows that in 2008 there were 1,702,537 arrests for drug law violations, or one drug arrest every 18 seconds.
And their reaction to it:

"In our current economic climate, we simply cannot afford to keep arresting more than three people every minute in the failed 'war on drugs,'" said Jack Cole, a retired undercover narcotics detective who now heads the group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP). "Plus, if we legalized and taxed drug sales, we could actually create new revenue in addition to the money we'd save from ending the cruel policy of arresting users."
Last December, LEAP commissioned a report by a Harvard University economist which found that legalizing and regulating drugs would inject $77 billion a year into the struggling U.S. economy.

Today's FBI report, which can be found at Web Link, shows that 82.3 percent of all drug arrests in 2008 were for possession only, and 44.3 percent of drug arrests were for possession of marijuana.

Pointing to the collateral consequences that often follow drug arrests, LEAP's Cole continued, "You can get get over an addiction, but you will never get over a conviction."

I could not agree more. Drug use is a public health problem, not a criminal matter, and that is how it should be treated. We are spending hundreds of billions of dollars in this country every year to destroy hundreds of thousands of lives, rip families apart and make our law enforcement agencies incredibly corrupt. It isn't worth it.

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Posted by Dreads
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 18, 2009 at 2:37 pm

He was hiding it in his dreads, Ha! He will have a tough time passing that story on behind bars.

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Posted by Willie Nilly
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Sep 19, 2009 at 6:53 am

It'll be a great day when The Voice runs a headline about a traffic stop for an expired tag leading to finding a parolee with a loaded gun in his car rather than a headline about how they (also) found a joint in his hair.
So I guess the Voice was going for the "Haha, that's funny about the joint" and just figured the parolee w/ loaded handgun was just a "Oh and by the way"

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Posted by letsgetreal
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 20, 2009 at 11:37 am

what an idiot.

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Posted by NW Resident
a resident of North Whisman
on Sep 21, 2009 at 9:28 am

I agree with Willie Nilly that the headline is trying to be catchy and maybe even funny, but the real story is that you have a felon driving around with a loaded handgun and now that felon is once again off the streets.

The handgun had the serial number removed, so what does that also say about this motorist? With addresses in Hayward and MV, who knows if this guy is even a current MV resident?

4 outstanding warrants, 3 new felonies from the traffic stop, plus 3 misdemeanors... the joint hardly even factors into this total.

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