Reader: College kids with Kansas plates coming from Colorado are real targets of pot-profiling

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A photo from the Kansas Highway Patrol Facebook page.
Our latest post about alleged pot profiling -- focusing on a story about a Kansas officer pulling over a rental truck because its Colorado plates supposedly didn't match the registration (which they did) -- inspired another big response. But one reader suggests that the profiling of certain cars with Kansas plates may actually be happening more often than people realize.

tgenenbacher writes:

Just my opinion but I think people are making a mountain out of a mole hill and taking a couple isolated incidents and making them seem more common place then they really are. I make the drive from Denver to KC several times a month and tend to do it at a high rate of speed (no ticket yet this year, knock on wood). After hearing about the supposed profiling, I have been waiting to get pulled over not just for hauling ass but mainly for the Colorado plates on the car. So far the state troopers seem to be radaring and pulling cars over that are headed westbound into Colorado and not coming from. I did have a trooper suddenly strike up a conversation with me as we both got out of our cars at a truck stop in Colby KS. His first question was "what part of Colorado you from" which clued me in that he had checked out my plates. I engaged him in conversation and asked him directly how many Colorado cars he busts every week hauling weed eastbound. He laughed and said that them profiling Colorado cars is completely speculation and that they bust more cars with Kansas plates hauling pot then they ever do from Colorado cars. His words exactly were "People from Colorado aren't moving weed to KC, they've got all they need right at home, it's the college kids that are going to Colorado for a weekend that are dragging it back into the state." Again, his words were "if you want to get pulled ove, just drive east in a car full of college kids with KS plates."

Just thought I'd pass my experiences on.

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Timothy Hutchinson
Timothy Hutchinson

I don't miss going to the trailer park to buy brick schwag. All the rednecks and gangbangers that used to sell weed here are fucking everything up. They keep robbing people, selling smack, blowing up townhomes...fuck them.

Eric Trockman
Eric Trockman

The returning Kansanites would be better off tapping their ruby slippers together. The flying monkey patrols have been given their orders to rake in as much money as possible for the Wicked Witch of the state government. There's no place like home.

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline

Why are we still talking about this. Can we just do the world a favor and burn Kansas down?

Jacob Edward
Jacob Edward

Tourists can only purchase a 1/4 ounce at a time and recreational prices are more expensive than street value in states where pot is illegal. Shops in Denver charge $60-70 for an 1/8 ounce, whereas street value back in WI would only be $50-60 for the same product. There's no way to add on profit and still have customers willing to pay $80 for a bag of weed, even if it is from CO.

Adam Johnson
Adam Johnson

Ya it's fuckin Kansas what else would you do?

Travis Helm
Travis Helm

I don't understand how the biggest bible-thummpers are also the most willing to say someone needs to get shot.... but we have kind of gotten off the pot profiling topic

ReaAnn Fletcher
ReaAnn Fletcher

" If you carry a gun or a bible you can do whatever you think is right." Except carry a gun. Or a Bible.

Lynn Stiles
Lynn Stiles

Do any of you being pulled over have cameras on their cellphones? Have you ever asked an officer that has pulled you over if he is filming? It is a legit question. Just saying. Think about it.

Chris Cushing
Chris Cushing

We all knew this would be the case, but now it's on the internets so it must be really true.

Julie Anne
Julie Anne

Kansas cops are little fucking bitches that clearly got beat up too much in high school. Power tripping hill billies.

Travis Helm
Travis Helm

I'm a hated liberal lawyer so I'll probably go the nonviolent legal route to solving problems. But that seems to be going out of fashion. If you carry a gun or a bible you can do whatever you think is right.

Tegan Wolfe
Tegan Wolfe

that is true, but they a lot of these instances there is a k9 unit on-hand and the dog 'signals' every time so then they have the right to search

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

You really want to put a bunch of armed hillbillies on our border? Last thing we need is racism, and profiling. Match made in heaven.

Jose Montoya
Jose Montoya

good for them. Keep your hillbilly kids in Kansas, and we will keep our sticky icky in Colorado.

Berenice Lucero
Berenice Lucero

To All out of state PEOPLE !!! " what grows in Colorado , stays in Colorado " learn it , live it .

Sher Quintana
Sher Quintana

Every state is gonna make money from the situation even before its legal in that state!! Its all about the money!!

thrill420
thrill420

i lived in ks for 6 years and all i can say is fuck ks cops! they all are corrupt. didn't meet a single cool cop while there. they are out to ruin lives not protect them.

Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams

i thought the law was clear on this issue. that no one has to submit to search just because a police officer thinks you have something. he has to have probable cause and being from a legal state is not enough??? JMO i don't know if this is true.

Travis Helm
Travis Helm

Colorado needs to file federal lawsuits against the states who are interfering with Colorado citizens freedom of travel. ACLU should file lawsuits defending individualized freedom from unreasonable searches violations. That's how a liberal lawyer would handle it. Maybe conservatives will start putting militia on the boarders and traveling in military style vehicles.

Amber Harvey
Amber Harvey

Yes, I can agree, and also think this ^ is the solution.

Amber Harvey
Amber Harvey

Spend the money and get a rental in another state (not Kansas) if you don't want the possibility of dealing with this...unless you get pulled over, they see your CO license and get hassled anyway. Had it happen to a friend who was riding in a car with IL plates. I live here and won't even drive my car out-of-state until more states decriminalize/legalize and/or they stop pulling this bullshit. I have anxiety and don't trust policemen. Do whatcha gotta do.

Chuck Valdez
Chuck Valdez

All the surrounding states are doing this, it should be illegal to profile people.then the police can arrest themselves

Leigh Anne
Leigh Anne

@Evelyn Maria, that is the sort of thing that demands a reaction. Especially if the questioning upset their son in some way.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

Older friends of mine were pulled over and asked dumb questions with their handicapped boy in the car CO plates coming back across from Kansas

Aj Jensen
Aj Jensen

Can we all just agree that Kansas cops are bored out of their minds and this is the best thing that's ever happened to them? They LOOOOVE pulling people over in hopes of a pot-bust. They feel like hero's. And in their defense (even though I was rudely profiled for my Colorado plates in Kansas by an asshole of a cop) pot IS still illegal in their state (for now) and these guys have to do their job. The reality is, product bought in Colorado can be moved anywhere in the country, illegally of course, and sold again in other cities where the price for an 1/8th is sky high, turned for a profit, and can actually cause a real problem in the states where weed is still illegal (which is almost all of them). The real issue is how many states still criminalize this substance. That's what people should work to change.

Steve Potts
Steve Potts

Amazing what "probable cause" has become.

Leigh Anne
Leigh Anne

So, according to this, looking as if you might be around college age and/ or like you might like fun is now cause to be pulled over in Kansas?

RobertChase
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When I moved to Colorado ten years ago, the entire Kansas Highway Patrol appeared to be deployed on the eastbound side of I-70, stopping, I assumed, Kansans returning from a weekend on Colorado.

TxTransplant.
TxTransplant.

Kinda is. Read the 4th amendment. We're just surrounded by a bunch of GOtP states and law enforcment are thick with baggers.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... amazing what cowardly scared Americans have allowed it to become.


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