Police Seize 167 Pounds of Marijuana in Sausalito

Pot with an estimated street value of $419,000 was being stored in a Marinship Way, and the man arrested for its possession was apparently living inside the container.

By Bay City News Service

Police announced this week the seizure of 167 pounds of marijuana from a storage container in Sausalito in December 2012.

Acting on an anonymous tip, police received the name of a man storing marijuana in a storage container. Police initiated an investigation to locate the subject and the container.

On Dec. 29, a police detective observed a vehicle registered to the 59-year-old suspect, Nicholas "Nick" Pappas. The vehicle was parked next to a shipping container at Marinship Self Storage, located at 2346 Marinship Way, according to police.

Pappas opened the container and a detective smelled a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the freight container, police said. Pappas gave the detective consent to search the container.

Police found approximately 40 pounds of marijuana. Further investigation revealed a false wall built inside the container, containing approximately 120 pounds of marijuana, police said.

During the search, Sausalito police also located paraphernalia used for smoking narcotics, 3.7 grams of suspected cocaine and 15 grams of concentrated cannabis.

Pappas told police that he had been growing marijuana in Mendocino County and transporting to his shipping container in Sausalito.

According to police, Pappas also appeared to be living inside the container, which was equipped with electricity a bed and cable television.

Sausalito police arrested Pappas for cultivation and possession of marijuana, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

The total weight of the seized marijuana came to 167.6 pounds. The estimated street value came to $419,000, according to police.

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FlyingTooLow January 11, 2013 at 08:40 PM
@Devin... You have been smoking weed since you were 16? My gosh, when I was 16, marijuana was a 'hangin' offense.' I have to say, Devin, I think pot should be handled like alcohol...21 years old, minimum. By then, young people have had a chance to think about life's choices. I don't mean to preach, just sharing with you the way I was raised. The only trouble I have ever been in in my life involved the violation of marijuana laws. For those, I have no respect. Regarding 'concentrated cannabis'...I know that the marijuana being consumed in the US is 'cannabis sativa'...the last I heard, 'hash' came from 'cannabis indica'...a more potent variety. I think it was grown in the middle east. Not sure. Many thanks for your comment. Stay safe and out of jail....it ain't no fun.
Devin January 11, 2013 at 10:37 PM
@FlyingTooLow....yes since I was 16. Unfortunately, in today's world, I was a late bloomer. My sister told me her friends were smoking at school...when she was in the 6TH GRADE!!! Isn't that insane?? I too believe pot should be handled like alcohol. Even though I was smoking before then. Now that I am older, I am a firm believer in that. :D
FlyingTooLow January 12, 2013 at 02:40 PM
@ Devin... I have heard of young kids smoking pot. My thinking is, where are their parents. I am from the old school...I am now 66 years old. When I was a kid, my Mom and Dad enforced the rules...no booze until age 21. I, and my siblings, we listened to our parents. Their instructions were always followed...without question. We loved and trusted them. The world has changed...a LOT. Pot? It was never mentioned. In that era, everyone knew that if you took one single puff, within a few hours, you would be dead from a heroin overdose. That was the story line then. Stay safe, Devin...and any thing that you can share with young kids to keep them straight, do it. Little kids are sponges for information. Make sure it's good. A lot of today's parents seemed to have forgotten those little guys.
r bobbie January 12, 2013 at 10:38 PM
FlyingTooLow January 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM
@ r bobbie I thought hash was made from cannabis indica???


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