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Calaveras, Alpine Rank Among Top Five In Pot Busts

California’s Department of Justice just released arrest data for 2008 indicates that Alpine and Calaveras Counties rank among California’s top five counties in terms of pot arrests per population.

Statewide, law enforcement officials arrested 78,514 people for pot offenses in 2008.

Alpine County led the state, with only 7 pot busts, but that equates to 58.3% of all of the arrests for the year. 

Calaveras had 173 arrests for pot, which ranks it number five in rate of arrests, at 37.6%.

Los Angeles had the state’s highest number of marijuana arrests – 23,851 – but that ranked only 25th among the state’s 58 counties when measured per population.

Tuolumne – with 80 pot busts – ranked 51st, in rate of arrests.

All told, authorities in California arrested 61,388 adults and juveniles on marijuana misdemeanors and another 17,126 for pot felonies.

According to the Justice data and an analysis from the Sacramento Bee, here are the number of pot arrests in 2008, followed by the percentage of arrests:

Alpine 7, 58.3
Inyo 105, 58.3
Mendocino 407, 45.2
Humboldt 565, 42.6
Calaveras 173, 37.6
Mono 49, 35.8
Tehama 215, 34.4
Santa Barbara 1370, 31.9
Merced 803, 31.4
Del Norte 91, 31
Plumas 64, 30.9
Lake 195, 30.4
Imperial 532, 29.9
Santa Cruz 758, 28.3
Colusa 60, 27.5
Sonoma 1331, 27.5
Siskiyou 122, 26.5
Orange 8262, 26.4
San Benito 148, 25.7
Yuba 183, 25.3
Solano 1022, 24
Shasta 432, 23.7
Butte 520, 23.6
Sutter 227, 23.5
Los Angeles 23851, 23.1
San Diego 7063, 22.3
Modoc 21, 21.6
San Luis Obispo 581, 21.5
San Bernardino 4333, 21
Trinity 29, 20.9
Glenn 61, 20.8
Mariposa 37, 20.2
San Francisco 1678, 19.9
Placer 662, 19.5
Amador 74, 19.5
Yolo 374, 18.7
Monterey 801, 18.7
El Dorado 326, 18.1
Santa Clara 3279, 17.8
Marin 445, 17.3
Ventura 1427, 17.2
Kings 266, 17.2
Kern 1411, 17.1
Sacramento 2430, 17
Nevada 165, 16.6
Madera 251, 16.5
Fresno 1519, 16.2
Napa 217, 15.8
Riverside 3308, 15.7
Alameda 2404, 15.5
Tuolumne 80, 14.2
Stanislaus 696, 13.2
Tulare 554, 12.6
San Mateo 913, 12.3
Lassen 41, 11.5
San Joaquin, 770 11.2
Contra Costa 805, 7.6
Sierra 1, 2.9

written by mark@mlode.com