Four men from the state of Florida have been booked into the Mendocino County jail after Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office deputies found 22 pounds of cannabis in their vehicle in the early morning of Friday, April 16, 2021.
MCSO’s Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten confirmed the traffic stop occurred at 2:29 a.m. Friday morning. Deputies determined the foursome were unlawfully in possession and transporting approximately 22 pounds of cannabis. Captain Van Patten said the arrests were a result of a traffic stop near Highway 101 and Black Bart Drive in Willits.
As per the Mendocino County Sheriff Booking Logs, the four men are Ali Zargham Khan, Camilo Valencia, Tomas Valencia, and Alvin Joy Valliaril. All four men face charges of selling/giving/transporting marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, and a felony conspiracy to commit a crime.
According to the addresses listed for the suspects on the booking logs, Tomas and Camilo Valencia and Zargham are from the Tampa area of Florida and Valliaril is from a city south of Jacksonville.
MCSO’s Public Information Officer Captain Greg Van Patten informed us the initial reason the men were pulled over was the deputy saw the vehicle they were driving did not have license plates.
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