This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 08-28-2020 at 3:15AM, Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputies were on routine patrol when they observed a bronze colored Jeep traveling northbound on North State Street in Redwood Valley, California.
The vehicle displayed expired registration tabs [Violation of California Vehicle Code section 5204(a)]. Deputies conducted a traffic enforcement stop on the vehicle in the 7700 block of North State Street.
Deputies contacted the driver and identified him as Joseph Fitzgerald. The passenger was identified as Allison Strout. A warrants check revealed two outstanding Humboldt County arrest warrants for Strout’s arrest. The Deputies also learned Strout was on probation with search terms. Fitzgerald came back clear in all systems.
A probation search of the Bronze colored Jeep revealed a large quantity of heroin and a smaller quantity of methamphetamine. As their investigation continued, the Deputies developed probable cause to believe Fitzgerald possessed the heroin with the intent to sell.
Fitzgerald was arrested for possession of narcotics for sale and Strout was arrested for the two active Humboldt County arrest warrants.
Both subjects were transported to the Mendocino County Jail.
Fitzgerald was booked for the listed charge and was released on zero bail at the conclusion of the jail booking process.
Strout was booked on the above mentioned warrants and held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail.