Wednesday, December 6, 2023

Redwood Valley Traffic Stop Leads to Arrests for Heroin Possession & Active Warrants


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:

Joseph Fitzgerald (Left) & Allison Strout (Right) [Pictures from Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office’s Booking Logs]

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.  

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I like to think of myself as a reporter for the Average Joe. Journalism has become a craft defined largely by city dwellers on America's coasts. It’s time to take it back. I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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