Two Accused of Transporting Marijuana From Humboldt to Bay Area Plead No Contest in Mendocino
Facebook post of the Mendocino County District Attorney:
A jury trial scheduled for July 13 was averted when the two co-defendants — Abraham Volstein Norton, age 31, of Berkeley, and Pasqual Mote Young, age 30, of Richmond — entered no contest pleas this afternoon in Department B of the Mendocino County Superior Court to the illegal transportation of marijuana, a felony. As background, two automobiles seemingly traveling together were stopped by CHP officers back in July 2013 to investigate reported reckless driving and speeding. As that highway encounter progressed, it was ultimately discovered that the two men were traveling together from Shelter Cove to the Bay Area and together were transporting over 135 pounds of black market-ready processed marijuana.
Each defendant was referred today by Judge Behnke to the Mendocino County Adult Probation department for a background study and sentencing recommendation. Defendant Norton was ordered to be present for formal sentencing on August 26, 2015 at 9 o’clock in the morning in Dept. B. Defendant Young was ordered to be present for formal sentencing on September 2, 2015 at the same time and in the same department. The prosecutor handling this matter was District Attorney David Eyster. The investigating law enforcement agencies who worked on this case are the California Highway Patrol and the Mendocino County Major Crimes Task Force.
For additional background information on defendant Norton, interested individuals may read the story [here]. Please note that defendant Norton “threw in the towel,” in the words of the article’s writer, on the Federal marijuana charges in April 2013 and the felony offense in Mendocino County happened three months later. Defendant Norton is also currently pending sentencing in Sonoma County on yet another marijuana felony.