Alleged meth stash leads to arrest |

Alleged meth stash leads to arrest

An alert Nevada County Sheriff's deputy stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle and ended up arresting a man who allegedly had buried a stash of meth in the woods.

The deputy saw the unoccupied vehicle on East Bennett Road at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday with no residences or driveways nearby in the heavily wooded area, said Lt. Steve Tripp.

The deputy then saw a man in the trees, crouched down and digging in the dirt, possibly trying to bury something, Tripp said. When the man was contacted, he allegedly tried to flee but was detained after a short pursuit.

After the man indicated he did not speak English, the deputy reportedly was able to detain him after speaking to him in Spanish, Tripp said.

The deputy allegedly found meth on the man, identified as Santos Pascacio Valdovinos, 29. A search of the area in which he was burying something uncovered a number of baggies containing suspected meth, a total of about 9 grams, Tripp said.

"He apparently was either hiding or retrieving his stash," Tripp said.

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Valdovinos was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and possession for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. He was being held in the county jail in lieu of $36,750 bail.

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