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Expired Tags Result in a Covelo Woman Arrested for Falsely Impersonating Another


The following is a press released issued by 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:

Leticia Contreras [Mugshot from the MCSO Booking Logs]

On 04-05-2021 at 8:45 P.M. a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol when they observed a red sedan with expired registration in the 1000 block of South State Street in Ukiah, California. 

The sedan turned into a parking lot as the Deputy conducted a traffic stop for the listed violation. 

The Deputy contacted the occupants and requested their identifying information. 

The driver was identified as James Hill and the front passenger provided a name and date of birth; however when asked how old she was, the passenger provided an age that did not match the date of birth she provided. 

After further investigation, the Deputy was able to determine the passenger provided the identifying information of a family member.  The passenger was subsequently identified as Leticia Contreras.

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Hill was on probation with search terms.  A probation search of Hill’s person revealed suspected heroin and a straw used to ingest heroin. 

Hill was cited to appear in the Ukiah Superior court for 11350 HS (Possession of a Controlled Substance Narcotic) and 11364 HS (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia). 

Contreras was arrested for 529(a) PC (Felony False Impersonation of Another).  A warrants check revealed Contreras had an active out of county felony arrest warrant.  

Contreras was arrested and booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was held with no-bail status.  

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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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