David Frederick's marijuana bust: Pot arrests by surveillance camera?

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After the passage of Amendment 64, and its signing by Governor John Hickenlooper, adults age 21 and over could legally have up to an ounce of marijuana. Possessing more than that remains illegal, however -- and a recent arrest suggests that police officers will use all the tools at their disposal to make sure those who exceed that amount are punished. The bustee: Daniel Frederick, whose offense is said to have been observed by surveillance camera.

Last Wednesday afternoon, according to a Colorado Springs Police Department release, members of what's referred to as the "Downtown Area Response Team" were monitoring surveillance cameras when they saw a "known individual" -- Frederick -- near a playground in Acacia Park with "a large baggie of suspected marijuana."

Shortly thereafter, CSPD reps headed to the scene and found Frederick near the intersection of Bijou Street and North Cascade. The release says the bag with him contained 96 grams of marijuana -- about 3.39 ounces, or more than three times the amount he's allowed under A64. As such, Frederick was arrested and booked on possession with intent to distribute marijuana, which remains a class 5 felony.

Judging by this information, Frederick probably won't be compared with a brain surgeon anytime soon. Hard to say if the "known person" designation means he's a notorious pot dealer with a criminal past or if the cops are profiling white people with dreads (see the larger images here to see what we mean). And if you're going to carry a bag of weed in plain view, an area near a playground is the worst location imaginable to do so, with the possible exception of a police station waiting room.

On the other hand, the circumstances of the arrest suggest that if officers watching surveillance cameras in the Springs see anyone with pot, they apparently have enough time on their hands to investigate, even if the amount is considerably less than what Frederick allegedly had. The release concludes with the following: "The Colorado Springs Police Department would like to remind citizens that the passing of Amendment 64 allows an individual 21 years of age or older to possess less than one ounce of marijuana.... It dos [sic] not allow the sale or use of marijuana in public."

Let that be a lesson to you. Even if you only have a joint, someone could be watching on Cannabis Camera. Here's a larger look at Frederick's booking photo.

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David Frederick.

More from our Marijuana archive: "Marijuana: Denver DA Mitch Morrissey to drop pot cases legal under Amendment 64."

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aagandresen
aagandresen

there are not little children at this park all homeless people

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

HOLD THE PRESSES !

Frederick just made it official, he has accepted jesus as his personal savior, automatically reducing the the F5 to a Class1 misdemeanor !

A-Fucking-men !!!

glennskifast58
glennskifast58

Not law abiding , so he gets what he deserves here.

audreyhatfield
audreyhatfield

"The Colorado Springs Police Department would like to remind citizens that even with the passing of Amendment 20 we still harass and arrest law abiding patients and business on a regular basis, because we still don't know or follow the laws" (curious as to how much of this is truth considering their track record down here with fabrications)

DonkeyHotaysMom
DonkeyHotaysMom

Can we get a comment system with an ignore feature so we can easily ignore Aaron's posts?

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's such a relief knowing our police agencies REMAIN dedicated to prosecuting the stoners . Give the black teens a break for awhile ....

Case
Case

Wait til they drag out all the video surveillance evidence of patients buying and selling weed that the DEA has been collecting with permission and blessing of dispensary owners. Then you'll see the real damage caused by allowing yourself to be videotaped committing federal crimes.

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

And if you're going to carry a bag of weed in plain view, an area near a playground is the worst location imaginable to do so, with the possible exception of a police station waiting room.

Downtown Area Response Team" were monitoring surveillance cameras when they saw a "known individual" 

Which is is Michael?  Was he in plain view or were they monitoring him?  You are becoming almost as bad as law enforcement with you lies and contridictory statements.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Come on now! I don't care what the law is, idiots should be arrested and taken off the streets. If you are this stupid you don't derserve even the lame limited rights that A64 gives people. If you are this stupid do we really want you wondring around in public? Hint to stupid people, just stay home.

Alex Box
Alex Box

What a dummy, busting out almost a QP at a playground. Its really not that hard to play by these new rules. Book his ass

Seth Valkonen
Seth Valkonen

I live down here and saw the cameras, try seriously put security camera in down the Main Street downtown like in a shopping mall or something. It's stupid, scary, and a huge waste of money for a city that claims to be so poor. When our city was on fire they didn't have the resources to put it out for days. Every weekend the cops block off the street and over 25 of them patrol it at night, I watched seven cops take down one drunk guy who couldn't even stand. It just makes me uneasy that they track our license plates all over the front range and have cameras monitoring the sidewalks, I thought someone said this was supposed to be the land of the free?

Drea Van Grinsven
Drea Van Grinsven

Cops are just going to prove a point for a while. And yes cops have better things to do than purposely watch a park camera looking for pot crimes.

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

NEGLIGENT and PREJUDICE Denver COPS were to busy to view 6 cameras at the Villa Mart, when I was STALKED by 3 women and then attacked and BEAT IN THE HEAD 07-25-12. MID day in the middle of 10th Av. COPS not to busy to treat me..the victim..LIKE CRAP! Telling me to SHUT UP or they were leaving and gonna do nothing! REALLY..I went home and called 911 again! I had to argue with the Sgt. to put MY pictures of injuries on file and I requested SHE get the store videoS. The STORE VIDEO, that the witness told me the attack was all on video! She said, we spoke for 45 minutes and did not see anything! REALLY PREJUDICE and NEGLIGENT SGT., there were knuckle print bruises on my forehead! SHE SAW NONE..REALLY NEGLIGENT! Only the one who admitted guilt, was charged. BUT NOT the one that STILL WORKS at the store where I called 911! The NEGLIGENT and PREJUDICE Dic. or Sgt. did not go back to view cameras until 5 days later! SAY they saw nothing! B.S. I was on 911 call when she followed me in to the store! YELLED at me..AGAIN argued with her also working suspected MOM and then got her purse from behind the check out counter! The LIABLE STORE OWNER would NEVER alter the video during the 5 days!

Jacob Collins
Jacob Collins

Is that donkey hotay idiot the only person who comments on anything? reading that guy's aimless vitriol bores the hell out of me.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

This guy is retarded. Come on! He's rolling a QP around the playground at the totally notorious downtown park. All these parks have cameras and are monitored. He's about as stupid as the billy goat delivery company that just went down in the springs.

Jason Garrison
Jason Garrison

it said nothing of him smoking in public also you need more then a oz to make edibles.....

Michele Bowden
Michele Bowden

And having more than a OZ on you is just really really stupid

Michele Bowden
Michele Bowden

Pot might be legal, but smoking in public isn't DUMB ASS!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Marijuana Related Crime sees Massive Increase !! ***

But marijuana-related crime also has increased, said Denver Police Chief Robert White, speaking Monday to the council committee.

"It should be noted that our biggest challenge in terms of marijuana are burglaries," White said.

In 2009, there were 10 burglaries in which marijuana was on the premises at the time of the crime. 

In 2012, there were 102 marijuana-related burglaries, White said.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 *** Denver City Council to Vote in April whether to BAN Marijuana !! ***

The Denver City Council will vote in April on whether the state's largest city will opt out of licensing recreational marijuana sales — a move that could dramatically affect legalization efforts in Colorado.
...


LOL! -- BEND OVER you pig-ignorant bong-sucking losers! -- this is EXACTLY what you clueless clowns voted for with A64, which gives every City and County the explicit right to BAN ALL commercial marijuana, at any time, if they so desire.

Lyin' Brian Vicente and Mendacious Mason Tvert must have been working for anti-pot Law Enforcement when they wrote that piece of crap.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... a nation full of cowardly, compliant, sycophants who BEG the Government to Control and REGULATE their pathetic little lives.


barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@Juan_Leg soon weed will be everywhere and then you and the cops can go pound sand~~ we're winning and u cant stop us    Bob1 wonton 0  lolol

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Must be one eye also, guy doesn't look to black to me.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@Case lets see those videos so we can laugh and keep on smoking . I love you Sweetleaf

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@CoreyDonahue an oz to carry around is the law. however we can grow 3 humongus plants and keep that . Daniel Frederick will get off in a jury trial which means we can carry what we want!!! no jury in the state will convict us!!   VICTORY

CoreyDonahue
CoreyDonahue

. Possessing more than that remains illegal, however -- and a recent arrest suggests that police officers will use all the tools at their disposal to make sure those who exceed that amount are punished.

No, no, that does not sound like legalization or regulation like alcohol at all.

WHY DID YOU LIE TO THE PEOPLE MICHAEL ROBBERTS AND THE WASTEWORD.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

NUT-TAPPER!!!!!!! how's the menudo?

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@JimTom look in the mirror !!! we can do what we want and we got jury nullification so we're invincible  .

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Seth Valkonen Interesting post, Seth. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Justin Jones Lots of people agree with you, Justin. Thanks for posting.

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

@DonkeyHotay City councils can be voted out, county commissioners can be voted out. Bans can be reversed. The stupidity is these councils and commissioners voting on something there are no regulations for, as of yet. The stupidity of these councils not considering where the cannabis will come from in order to divert people from the black market. The stupidity of the councils using propaganda provided by those that were against the amendment and in love with gangs and cartels.

This guy, I hate to say it but he deserved what he got for being stupid. He may get out of it with a jury trial but he'll probably have to pay a stupidity tax.

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

@DonkeyHotay they can't all ban it and the Denver c council has NO intention of doing so.  pig ignorant clueless  clown is an apt description of yourself lol spare us the drama and keep it real we won and were not  goin anywhere  lolol  Bob 4 donky 0

Case
Case

@DonkeyHotay Who says Vicente and Tvert ever stopped working for law enforcement?  As Tvert said, "It's my job to make law enforcement's job easier."

bongsucker
bongsucker

@CoreyDonahue

Why did Weedword lie so much?

They have little journalistic credibility left after this debacle.

melekalikimaka
melekalikimaka

@JimTom It's supposedly a hangover cure, thus Sunday morning after a Saturday of partying with alcohol.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

Sorry I'm not up on all the Mexican traditions. I know now that you are a permanant resident that you had to be schooled. Why is it only Sunday's? Only part of the pig left worth eating?

barbarian.bob1
barbarian.bob1

you keep saying the same things  over and over  that speaks volumes about you lack of judgment and mental state!!!  we won and you lost  lolol Bob 5 donky  still and always a 0

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