Would-be small-time smugglers are carrying more weed on planes these days. But in Los Angeles, so are wannabe ballers who have been checking in fluffy bags of flower. The combination has resulted in an arrest spike, 166% since 2016.
- The L.A.P.D. allows LAX passengers to hold small amounts of pot. But authorities warn that passengers canface arrest or charges at their destination if weed’s not legal there.
- Over the first year of legal REC, 2018, LAX cops made 101 trafficking arrests. There were only 38 arrests in the previous year, and only 20 in 2016.
- LAX arrest records showed the most popular flight destinations for pot smugglers were Chicago, Indianapolis, Atlanta and Dallas
- The director of the Santa Barbara High School’s Multimedia, Arts and Design Academy caused a local kerfuffle after being spotted in an Instagram video with a former student, a bong, and a jar of bud and offering a big thumbs up. The video appeared days after his retirement. “A man in his 40s and they’ve announced his retirement, something doesn’t smell right,” said one parent.