September 17, 2009

Police find joint in suspect’s hair

Police in California said they discovered a marijuana cigarette hidden in the dreadlocks of a suspect arrested on 10 charges.

Palo Alto police Sgt. Dan Ryan said Melvin Robbins, 21, of Mountain View, Calif., was pulled over for speeding at about 11:30 p.m. Monday, and officers soon discovered marijuana in the vehicle, the Palo Alto Daily News reported Thursday.

Investigators said Robbins, whose license was suspended, initially gave officers a false name, and they discovered he was on probation for a domestic violence charge and had four outstanding felony warrants when his real identity was established. A search of the car also yielded a gun with the serial number scratched off.

Robbins was arrested on the four warrants, three gun violations, marijuana possession, driving with a suspended license and giving false information to an officer.

Police said an officer noticed Robbins still smelled of marijuana at the Santa Clara County Main Jail, and a marijuana cigarette was discovered hidden in his dreadlocks.