Cop Smells Pot While Driving; Phoenix Woman Pulls Bag of Weed and Pipe Out of Her Vagina

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Stephanie Lopez had a bag of weed and a pipe in her vagina, according to police.
A Phoenix cop smelled marijuana coming from a car last week while he was on routine patrol, and that officer ended up finding a bag of weed and a pipe -- after the passenger in the car pulled the items out of her vagina.

The officer didn't see anything in the car in plain view when he pulled over the vehicle, but we can only guess that the officer's suspicion grew when the driver pulled over into the drive-thru of a Burger King, according to court documents obtained by New Times.

It was around 9 a.m. when the officer caught a whiff of the marijuana around Ninth Street and Bell Road, and though he couldn't tell exactly where it was coming from, he noticed that the vehicle in front of him had its windows down and was changing lanes in a "rapid fashion," according to the documents.

Citing reasonable suspicion that this vehicle might be the one emitting the smell of weed, the officer pulled over the driver at a Burger King, although the driver apparently went a bit past the parking lot.

"As I approached the vehicle, I smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside it, even though I didn't see anything in plain view," a probable-cause statement says. "I told the driver to keep the window down and drive approximately 20 feet to get out of the drive-thru of Burger King."

The driver, 25-year-old Alberto Reyna, told the officer he didn't have any marijuana and said he didn't have the right to search the vehicle, either.

The officer detained Reyna and made his passenger, 23-year-old Stephanie Lopez, get out of the car and sit on the curb next to Reyna.

While the officer unsuccessfully searched the car for the marijuana, Lopez made a "spontaneous statement" that the marijuana was in her pants, according to the documents.

Sure enough, Lopez pulled a bag of weed and a glass pipe out of her vagina, the documents state.

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Rolling papers were also found, but those were inside the vehicle, according to police.

Lopez said she was hiding the weed for Reyna.

Lopez and Reyna were both booked into jail on marijuana-possession charges, and Reyna faces an additional charge for having handguns with him at the time.

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Flyer9753
Flyer9753

'into the drive-thru of a Burger King,'

She was just delivering to JAFfy

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

http://adai.uw.edu/marijuana/factsheets/driving.htm

If you have some farcical belief that driving while stoned is okay, go read the above link. There is a common misconception that driving while stoned doesn't impair ones driving. The above link is for a study, with citations and references (unlike the quote listed below in this thread), that state simply "studies examining the effects of marijuana on skills utilised while driving detected impairments in tracking, attention, reaction time, short-term memory, hand-eye coordination, vigilance, time and distance perception, decision making, and concentration."

So, stay off the road if you're going to smoke. You have absolutely NO reason to say "it's okay".

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

BUT, did he smell the bag after she gave it to him?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Since she said it was in her pants, I've got to wonder if she really just shoved it through the zipper when they were pulled over, and "from her vagina" was just the cop's imagination (or vindictiveness, to intentionally embarrass her). But, who knows?  It makes a good story.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Probably took the cops a couple of hours to make sure the other cops got a courtesy sniff.

Leah Walls
Leah Walls

OMG. That is so stupid. You would think that our police department could find better ways to spend their time than harassing people.

shadeaux14
shadeaux14

Did he burn his tongue on the pipe?

MandyMountain
MandyMountain

Now how did that cop smell that pot stuffed up her cooch?

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

Would this now be considered "stink weed"?

If they just used the pipe, wouldn't it have burned a little?

This is just another example of how pot smokers aren't the Einstein's they think they are...

marcy
marcy

Get your medical pot card and you don't have to hide your stash in your snatch.

Nick Hentoff
Nick Hentoff

Ha ha ha ha GRRRRRR! A young women has now been publicly humiliated and will be forced to go through intrusive TASC court monitoring for what? Smoking weed. All because some cop lied about the pretextual reason for his stop and then got lucky. One of my favorite cases was a pot possession jury trial where the cop testilied that he was driving his patrol car with the windows open and could smell pot coming from the closed cab of a semi trailer truck parked at least thirty yards from the roadway. After the cop offered this absurd testimony I asked whether he was a working member of the k9 squad. The jury laughed at him and aquited my client. I hope the judge dismisses this case.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA  Except for all of the studies that say that it's ok.

You left out the part where they found some impairment, but judged it to be insignificant.  One study compared the impairment to driving with a headache.

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

@Leah Walls "Harassing" is going after people that drive under the influence of drugs and are a hazard to public safety? I don't think so. Pot is a hallucinogen. It alters people's sense of reality. It significantly impairs judgment and short-term memory. 

The last thing we need are stoners that "think" they are ok to drive, but are not. I suppose it's ok to have someone watching your kids (if you have any) that is stoned. You think they'd take care of them? No? Then what makes you think that someone driving a vehicle while stoned is going to take care of all the other people around them? It's called being responsible... which is something pot smokers are NOT.

jetdoc1
jetdoc1

@MandyMountain That's what I'm talking about.  He SMELLED the weed while it was in her cooch?  That's a BIONIC nose on that officer I tell ya!  They didn't say that they found a joint or anything, so my assumption can only be that he smelled it all the way over to HIS car, as they were passing by.  Officer, are you SURE that it didn't smell like "Catfish"?  I'd also like to know EXACTLY how big that BAG was as well as that PIPE too.  I mean if this bitch drops a QP on the table after smacking her stomach a couple of times,.. and in a couple more hits to the stomach the bitch pulls out a nice big BONG, she MAY just be someone I wanna PARTY with! ;)

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

@marcy They were driving... All we need is MORE people driving around high. Don't you remember the woman from last summer who "forgot" her child was in a car seat on top of her car and drove off? She was arrested 12 miles later, high as a kite.

driven2sanity
driven2sanity

@valleynative @TheDownfalloftheUSA   If that were true, my best friend would be alive.  It was just a little weed.  It wasn't like he was drunk.  That was what the idiots that let him get behind the wheel told the officers when he was killed in a one car accident.  He rolled a truck ripped the top off it and had his head rubbed off like a pencil eraser on a brick wall.  But then again, it was only a little weed.  What could it hurt.  It hurt all of us who loved him.  Perpetuating a lie will not magically make it true.  Weed can and has killed the same way that drunk driving has.  Blinding yourselves to that fact not only puts you in danger, it puts everyone else on the road in danger, too.

LeonhardEuler
LeonhardEuler

@TheDownfalloftheUSA I've driven race cars stoned. This isn't alcohol we're talking about. I think you're watching a bit too much reefer madness my friend.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA @marcy A government study conducted to identify signs of "driving stoned" for use by traffic police concluded that people on pot are just as safe as those who are not, and that the only difference in behavior was a slight tendency to drive a little slower.

And I suppose they're more likely to pull into a drive-through or stop at a 7-11 for snacks.


driven2sanity
driven2sanity

I am only stating what the investigating officer and coroner's report state. I suppose you debate the coroner when he says that this young man was most assuredly under the influence of THC and there was a significant level to cause marked impairment under the circumstances.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@driven2sanity  No, your logic doesn't hold.  Beyond an understandable desire to assign blame, you have no reason to believe that the accident wouldn't have happened anyway.  I'm not the one being blind.  I've read the actual research and statistical analysis.

yourproductsucks
yourproductsucks

@valleynative DUI/ drugs is charged almost as regularly as DUI alcohol.  I am not sure what source you are using to conclude that the government is ignoring drivers impaired by marijuana but it is unfactual.

You state in another post something about extreme impairment being non existant in mariuana users.   I don't know the relevence (or voracity) of the statement, however,  In the State of Arizona, Impairment to the Slightest Degree is the burden required to prove for a DUI drugs conviction.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA It's really pretty clear to everybody that you don't know what you're talking about.

Again, why isn't the government cracking down on stoned drivers?  They don't have nearly the political power as the breweries.

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

@LeonhardEuler @TheDownfalloftheUSA  

Asinine response. Just because I jumped off a cliff and wasn't hurt (because I was stoned) doesn't mean that it was a good idea. 

Driving "race cars" while stoned? Really? I bet you were SOOOO good too. What a clown you are. You'd be a complete moron to smoke then race.... hence your response.

Slowriter59
Slowriter59

@TheDownfalloftheUSA @valleynative 

"100g/kg of cannabis"? Over 3.5 ounces of cannabis per kilogram of body weight?  That means I would have to "consume" 78.2 ounces of cannabis to replicate the result. that's 35.5 KILOGRAMS. Likewise, just stating a quantity doesn't tell us anything about the quality, or actual THC content. Back then, the only pot available for study from the federal government was barely better than ditch weed, not even close in quality to what many of us referred to as as "commercial" quality Mexican or Columbian grown weed of the day.


Why can't the NTSB point to a single traffic fatality caused by cannabis intoxication alone? 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA @valleynative  I've read it.

Read the rest of the studies.  Read the details of this one.

Impairment doesn't mean "significant impairment".

It's like driving with a headache.  You're impaired, but you're not a danger.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA  Oh, yes, it does mention the increased variability in lane positioning and headway, but if you read the article, the increase was too minor to be considered useful in detection or to be a danger.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA That wasnt in the review I found, although I did see similar reports from newer studies.

Do you understand what you posted?

Nothing there says anything bad about pot.  It says that alcohol is bad and that people on pot perceive that they aren't driving as well.  We call that "paranoia".  Objective observers say they were driving just fine.

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

@valleynative@TheDownfalloftheUSA 

Why did you omit the other portions....

"

"As with cannabis, alcohol use increased variability in lane position and headway (Casswell, 1979; Ramaekers et al., 2000; Smiley et al., 1981; Stein et al., 1983) but caused faster speeds (Casswell, 1977; Krueger & Vollrath, 2000; Peck et al., 1986; Smiley et al., 1987; Stein et al., 1983). Some studies also showed that alcohol use alone and in combination with cannabis affected visual search behavior (Lamers & Ramaekers, 2001; Moskowitz, Ziedman, & Sharma, 1976). Alcohol consumption combined with cannabis use also worsened driver performance relative to use of either substance alone. Lane position and headway variability were more exaggerated (Attwood et al., 1981; Ramaekers et al., 2000; Robbe, 1998) and speeds were faster (Peck et al., 1986).
"Both simulator and road studies showed that relative to alcohol use alone, participants who used cannabis alone or in combination with alcohol were more aware of their intoxication. Robbe (1998) found that participants who consumed 100 g/kg of cannabis rated their performance worse and the amount of effort required greater compared to those who consumed alcohol (0.05 BAC). Ramaekers et al. (2000) showed that cannabis use alone and in combination with alcohol consumption increased self-ratings of intoxication and decreased self-ratings of performance. Lamers and Ramaekers (2001) found that cannabis use alone (100 g/kg) and in combination with alcohol consumption resulted in lower ratings of alertness, greater perceptions of effort, and worse ratings of performance."

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA As it turns out, I found the study summarized in a review article:

Casswell (1979)  Thirteen males were tested in three treatment sessions receiving marijuana treatments twice in each session and drove for 35 minutes after each treatment.
Subjects' tasks included overtaking, driving on straight sections, through a hairpin bend, and through narrow gaps, while responding to road signals, traffic signals, and auditory signals.

Marijuana was associated with lower driving speed.

The authors said that drivers under the influence of marijuana appeared to compensate for what they felt were the adverse effects of the drug by maintaining control effort, and decreasing speed to reduce the required rate of information processing.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@TheDownfalloftheUSA

It's not something I "heard", it's a study I read, back in the early 80's.  At that time, of course, I read it as a hardcopy in a small volume published by the federal government.  I might still have it in a closet somewhere, but I'm not going to go look for it.  Ask a cop what they look for to know that a driver is stoned.

They won't have an answer, because there isn't one.

If driving while stoned was a danger, don't you think there would be public service announcements about it?  Have you ever seen one?  Have you ever seen a checkpoint outside a concert where they stopped all the drivers to make sure they weren't driving stoned?

Sometimes irresponsible people smoke pot.  That shouldn't be a surprise to you.  The fact that irresponsible people are likely to be stoners doesn't mean that being stoned is what makes them irresponsible.

TheDownfalloftheUSA
TheDownfalloftheUSA

@valleynative @TheDownfalloftheUSA @marcy  

 Valleynative - you need to cite that "government study". Otherwise you're just passing on misinformation that you "heard" because it fits your belief... I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for you to provide a valid source. There's no way that "the only difference was a clight tendency to drive slower".

Is that why the stoned chick forgot that her kid was on top of her car? Is that why this chick thought it would be a good idea to "snatch" up the bag of weed and the pipe? Only someone that is stoned would do such dumb things. They don't call it "getting stupid" because pot turns people into Einsteins...

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