Trio arrested on marijuana transport charges |

Trio arrested on marijuana transport charges

Dominic Perez

Three men from out of the area were arrested Saturday night on pot transportation charges by the California Highway Patrol.

A CHP officer spotted a Honda Pilot on Highway 20 near Gold Flat Road at about 10:20 p.m., speeding in excess of 70 mph and with a headlight out, said spokesman Greg Tassone.

The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the driver reportedly failed to yield, getting off the highway at Broad Street and driving up Boulder Street before finally stopping near Sacramento Street.

The driver, identified as Dominic Javier Perez, 31, of San Jose, smelled of alcohol, Tassone said. Officers reportedly determined Perez was under the influence and had a blood alcohol level of more than .08 percent.

Perez was subsequently taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence; he also reportedly was driving on a suspended license.

The two passengers — Michael Carter, 21, and James Edward Russell, 31, both of San Diego — refused to speak to officers, Tassone said.

Officers reportedly noted a “strong odor” of marijuana and searched the vehicle, discovering a bag with slightly less than 1 pound of processed packaged marijuana and smoking paraphernalia.

All three men were charged with possession and transportation of marijuana for sale.

Carter and Russell were booked and released on $11,500 bail. Perez also was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license; he was being held in lieu of $18,500 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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