Chapter 9.24


9.24.010    Acts prohibited.

9.24.020    Circumstances.

9.24.030    Enforcement.

9.24.010 Acts prohibited.

It is unlawful for any person to loiter in, on or near any thoroughfare or place open to the public or near any public or private place in the manner and under circumstances manifesting the intent to engage in drug-related activity, defined as offenses in Chapters 6 and 6.5 of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code. (Ord. 998 § 1, 1993)

9.24.020 Circumstances.

Among the circumstances that may be considered in determining whether such intent is manifested are that the person:

(A) Is a known unlawful drug user, possessor or seller. For purposes of this chapter, a “known unlawful drug user, possessor or seller” is a person who has, within the knowledge of the arresting officer, been convicted in any court within this state of any violation involving the use, possession or sale of any of the substances referred to in Chapters 6 and 6.5 of Division 10 of the California Health and Safety Code, or such person has been convicted of any violation of any of the provisions of said sections or substantially similar laws of any political subdivision of this state or of any other state; or a person who displays physical characteristics of drug intoxication or usage; or a person who possesses drug paraphernalia as described in Chapter 9.28 PMC;

(B) Is currently subject to an order prohibiting his or her presence in a high drug-activity geographic area;

(C) Behaves in such a manner as to raise a reasonable suspicion that he or she is about to engage in or is then engaged in an unlawful drug-related activity, including by way of example only, acting as a “lookout”;

(D) Is physically identified by the officer as a member of a “gang” or association which has as its purpose illegal drug activity;

(E) Transfers small objects or packages for currency in a furtive fashion;

(F) Takes flight upon the appearance of a Police Officer;

(G) Tries to conceal himself or herself or any object which reasonably could be involved in an unlawful drug-related activity;

(H) Is in an area that is known for unlawful drug use and trafficking;

(I) Is on or in premises that have been reported to law enforcement as a place suspected of unlawful drug activity;

(J) Is in or within six feet of any vehicle registered to a known unlawful drug user, possessor, or seller, or a person for whom there is an outstanding warrant for a crime involving drug-related activity. (Ord. 998 § 1, 1993)

9.24.030 Enforcement.

Enforcement of this chapter shall be pursuant to the policy statement dated December 7, 1992, issued by the Sheriff’s Department, as approved by the City Council and Council Resolution No. 93-3 adopted on January 14, 1993. A copy of said resolution shall be kept on file in the office of the City Clerk. (Ord. 998 § 1, 1993)