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Pot Smokers Arrested in Napa, Police Say

One Napa man was jailed Friday morning after a probation search turned up marijuana in his shoe and two other men were found smoking pot in a parked car Friday night, police said Monday. Arrest information does not indicate convictions.

A Friday morning probation check resulted in a trip to jail for a Napa man suspected of stashing marijuana in a shoe, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

Napa County Probation Officers went to Joseph Monge’s (23 yrs.) residence in the 1700 block of Tallac St. to arrest him on a violation of probation. Napa Police Department officers assisted in the arrest. A search of Monge resulted in the finding of suspected marijuana in his shoe. Monge was booked into Napa County Department of Corrections.

Friday night, police arrested two other men allegedly found smoking pot in a car downtown, with more than seven ounces of the drug and smoking paraphernalia in their possession, according to the arrest summary:

Officers responded to the 1400 block of Division St. regarding a complaint of possible drug activity occurring within two cars in that area.

Officers arrived on scene and contacted Jaime Cortez (20 yrs. of Napa) and Juan Montanez (21 yrs. of Napa) sitting within one of the cars as described by the person reporting the drug activity.

Officers could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from within the vehicle as well as observing smoke coming in the vehicle.

A search of both vehicles resulted in approximately 200 grams of marijuana being located as we well as paraphernalia for smoking marijuana.

Cortez and Montanez were arrested and booked into the Napa Department of Corrections.

Arrest information does not indicate convictions. 

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MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Great job Police thanks.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 07, 2013 at 10:20 PM
Sitting in a car on a public street smoking weed with nearly a half-pound of it in the car is a strong argument that smoking weed definitely does not improve the IQ.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 07, 2013 at 10:22 PM
Oh, and Louisa, could you find a better picture of a joint than the one you post with pot-related articles? That one in the pic looks pathetic.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 07, 2013 at 10:50 PM
I was on a ride along we stopped a car with 4 pounds of pot, Packaged for sale. $22.000 in cash and to cheap to replace a $5 headlight.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 03:34 AM
I'll do my best, Steve ... this one does look a bit skimpy and the pointy end is downright odd compared to my memories, but I thought maybe that's how the 21st-century vipers like to roll.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 08, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Would you call that "penny-wise and pounds of pot foolish"?
Mark Buckley January 08, 2013 at 03:37 PM
Pot makes you stupid and unmotivated, hence the failure to take care of the headlite.
FlyingTooLow January 08, 2013 at 05:20 PM
"...the essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws,” ---Edmund Burke
FlyingTooLow January 08, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Law enforcement needs to re-direct its focus on crime...to those that are REAL crimes. I was in Federal Prison for 5 years for a marijuana offense. No, it was not for simple possession. I was arrested aboard a Lockheed PV2 in Marianna, Florida...charged and convicted for conspiracy to import and distribute 12,000 pounds of marijuana. As my years in prison rolled by, what I did see were armed bank robbers, coming and going...while I still sat there for marijuana. Most of the bank robbers only spent 17 to 24 months. But, I and my fellow 'drug offenders,'...we stayed for YEARS. I wrote about the escapades that led to my incarceration. I admit, I had a great time. No one was injured, no one was killed, firearms were not involved...there were no victims. We were Americans...doing what Americans do best...living free. Truly, it is time for this lunacy to end...it never should have begun. My book: Shoulda Robbed a Bank Tales of adventure in the marijuana trade... I would be honored by your review.
Paul Woodward, MD January 08, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Thanks for taking the time and effort to write a book Hugh! I just purchased on Amazon and am looking forward to reading it. Before I do it seems to me that the Police would rather deal with a mellow pot smoker than a violent gang member.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 08, 2013 at 07:59 PM
Hugh, are you suggesting that we try to make sense of the federal justice system? Such things as two for a bank and five for a plant? Or that the charge of contempt of court carries a BROAD sentence of six months all the way to life in prison? Surely you jest...
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 09, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Ya the gateway drug is bad http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/07/legalizing-of-marijuana-raises-health-concerns/
Navi January 09, 2013 at 05:04 AM
That's some weak stuff to be arresting people for. I wonder what the police think about having to arrest people who smoke/posess marijuana. Must be a lot like a janitor having to clean a toilet. Do they want to do it? No. Do they have to? Yes. Or maybe they do like making arrests on marijuana 'offences'. I don't know. In some instances it might lead to bigger arrests which is good but arresting common people smoking/posessing a common drug... Not so great.
FlyingTooLow January 09, 2013 at 01:11 PM
@Unfiltered Steve Simoneau... "...the essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws,” ---Edmund Burke When I ran across this quote, guess what laws came to mind? I am sure you have read about the 5 gentlemen doing life sentences in Federal Prison for pot...each has already been in more than 15 years. What happened to our 'free' country?
FlyingTooLow January 09, 2013 at 01:14 PM
@Paul Woodward, MD A million thanks for your interest. I look forward to your review. (Warning: the book contains some pretty strong language) You are right...a pot bust is one of the easiest and safest to make. According to the DOJ's own statistics, the vast majority of drug offenders are non-violent. Again, thank you, Hugh Yonn
Steven C Harris January 10, 2013 at 06:16 AM
This year at 4th of july downtown a homeless guy was smoking a joint, police asked him to put it out and leave. He was gone a long time then came back with cops after being arrested for smoking pot.

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