DRUG AGENTS SEIZE POT: Drug task force agents seized 100 pounds of marijuana Friday morning after they served a search warrant at a northwest Modesto home, Modesto police reported. Agents from the Stanislaus Drug Enforcement Agency, High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area and California Multi-Jurisdictional Methamphetamine Enforcement Team served the search warrant at a home in the 4200 block of Eldenberry Court, just south of Pelandale Avenue and west of Carver Road. The agents found the marijuana along with a shotgun and a handgun, authorities said. Police said the marijuana has a street value of $300,000. Adriana Pacheco, 26, of Modesto, was in the home with her children during the search. Police said Pacheco was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale and child endangerment.
RAPPER STOPPED AGAIN: Grammy-nominated rap artist Mitchell Charles Johnson was arrested after a traffic stop in Merced. Police said that during a search of the rapper's car Wednesday night, an officer found a small amount of marijuana and a prescription bottle that was not in Johnson's name. Johnson was booked on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and transportation, illegal possession of prescription medication and driving on a suspended license. The 35-year-old rapper was released after posting $10,000 bail. Johnson's arrest comes after his no-contest plea in October to felony possession for sale of marijuana, for which he received three years' probation. That case also came after a traffic stop by Merced police. During his best days in the hip-hop world, Johnson was known for his song, "Ditty," which garnered him a Grammy nomination for best rap solo performance and a No. 24 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 chart in 1993.