Oakland Tribune Outtakes

Notes from Oakland, Berkeley and in between

Snap, crackle, you’re popped…

By kbender
Thursday, May 29th, 2008 at 3:44 pm in Uncategorized.

Berkeley Police bicycle Officer Frank Landrum was on routine rolling patrol Tuesday around lunchtime when he spotted a woman riding her bicycle on the sidewalk in the 2100 block of Shattuck Ave. That’s a city no-no and Landrum headed toward the woman to tell her to stay on the street.

But as he got closer, he noticed a man approaching the woman and witnessed the hand-off of a small, green Cellophane-wrapped ball. They looked like round Rice Krispies treats.

Munchies that give you the...munchies

Asked about what was inside the plastic wrap, she said, “It’s edible,’’ according to police spokesman Officer Andrew Frankel.

Further probing revealed that the snack was a marijuana-laced Rice Krispies treat. Seems that eating one could lead to a vicious cycle. Eat the treat, get the munchies, eat the treat… you get the point.

Turns out, Berkeley’s finest found that the woman, Tiffannie Cushing, 18, had nearly two dozen of the individually wrapped snacks on her.

She was arrested for giving away marijuana (who knew there was such a charge?) and possession for sale of marijuana. The 35-year-old male buyer was cited for possession of marijuana. The officer did not cite Cushing for riding on the sidewalk, Frankel said.

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