Among the lessons we've learned over the years from drug dealers: Utilize a ride that looks like your mom's car. Don't dress like a pimp. And, paramount among these, obey all traffic laws.
Looks like eighteen-year-old Johnny V. Pham of Rosemead could get an F in drug dealing 101. And not just because cops say he had E on him. His potential downfall here, it appears, would be running a stop sign.
Oops. After that, oh boy:
He got pulled over. And, cops say, on the floorboard of his car was a bag with 1,000 pills that allegedly turned out to be ecstasy.
It happened about 1:30 yesterday on Golden West Avenue near Huntington Drive, according to an Arcadia police statement.
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But wait, there's more:
Seeing a large bag o' drugs (allegedly) on a floorboard of a car allows officers to search the rest of the vehicle. It's called probable cause.
What did they find? Seven more bags, allegedly. Each with 1,000 pills. Cops say the haul was worth -- at a conservative $10 a pill street-value -- $80,000.
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Pham was able to go free after posting bail, which was set at $100,000. He was arrested on suspicion of "felony possession for sales and transportation of controlled substance," according to Arcadia police.
A 17-year-old male passenger from San Gabriel was also arrested but was released to his parents.
Now what have we learned, kiddies? That's right, stop means stop.
(We kid. Ecstasy is a shite drug, and if you're going to get high, at least get a prescription).