Driver Arrested for Carrying Loaded Gun, Open Container of Cannabis
Photo: Cameron Gordon’s gun
EMERYVILLE — A careless driver took unexpected detour to jail after being caught with a loaded gun and some fragrant ganja, during what otherwise would have been a routine traffic enforcement stop.
An officer pulled over a vehicle at 11:44 p.m. on January 17 near the Emeryville Center of Community Life, at the intersection of San Pablo Avenue and 53rd Street.
The driver, 25-year-old Oakland resident Cameron Gordon, was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
As the officer approached the driver’s side window, the strong pungent odor of cannabis immediately made its presence known.
While speaking with Gordon, the officer saw a cup filled with a green leafy substance sitting in plain sight inside a cupholder in the center console, which the officer recognized as cannabis.
Possession of cannabis in an open container remains illegal while driving on public roads, despite the recent legalization for recreational use of the drug.
Upon further investigation, the officer determined there an even larger quantity of cannabis inside the vehicle—making matters worse for the driver.
Next, the officer located a loaded .22 caliber revolver in Cameron’s possession, which sealed the deal for his immediate arrest.
Cameron was transported to jail and charged with carrying a concealed weapon inside a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle while in a public place, receiving or concealing stolen property, and possession of an open container of marijuana while driving on a public road.