Two arrested on pot sale charges in Nevada County
Two men pulled over on a traffic stop ended up in jail after allegedly being found with about five pounds of packaged marijuana.
At just after midnight Friday, a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol near Allison Ranch Road saw a vehicle with vehicle code violations, including having a brake light out, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
The deputy attempted a traffic stop, and the vehicle slowed but did stop until it reached Brighton Street and McCourtney Road, Royal said.
When the deputy approached, he smelled a strong odor of marijuana, and the passenger, Lukas Mathew, reportedly admitted to having marijuana in the vehicle.
The driver, Travis Lee Warhurst, said he did not have the vehicle registration and did not have a current medical marijuana recommendation, Royal said.
Warhurst denied having anything on his person but two syringes reportedly were located in his coat pockets.
A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered a collapsible police-style baton in a box, a glass methamphetamine pipe, and a duffel bag that contained a digital scale and five one-pound bags of marijuana.
Warhurst, 33, was arrested and booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a billy club and drug paraphernalia, and was being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.
Mathew, 42, reportedly was found with a pipe on him at the jail, He also reportedly told deputies at the jail that the marijuana belonged to Warhurst, and that the other man had asked him to take the fall.
Mathew was booked on suspicion of committing a felony while on bail, bringing contraband into jail, and possessing and transporting marijuana for sale. He was being held in lieu of $21,500 bail.
Mathew had been arrested in 2014 on suspicion of selling and transporting marijuana, manufacturing honey oil, and concealing a gun in a vehicle; he pleaded no contest to the gun charge and was sentenced to three years probation.
He is currently facing charges of possession of stolen property and identity theft, as well as possessing controlled substances, after being arrested by the California Highway Patrol in March.
A CHP officer saw a vehicle behaving suspiciously on Combie Road east of Highway 49; the vehicle, which was being driven by Haley Noelle Hobbs, 31, was registered to Mathew, who showed up and reportedly began trying to claim the property in the vehicle belonged to him.
A search reportedly uncovered suspected heroin, needles and other drug paraphernalia, as well as prescription medication. Officers also reportedly found checks, credit cards and other financial documents associated with multiple individuals.
Warhurst was arrested February 2014 on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale and possessing a controlled substance, but those charges were dismissed. In July of last year, he was arrested and charged with resisting arrest, felony evasion,driving without registration and violating probation. He pleaded no contest to the evasion charge and was sentenced to three years probation. His most recent arrest was a misdemeanor burglary charge in October, which was dismissed.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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