Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Mendocino Sheriff Releases Details on 24-Pound Cannabis Bust Found in the Vehicle of Four Florida Men


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:

Twenty-Four 1-pound bags of marijuana/cannabis for sale with packaging material [Picture from MCSO]

On 04-16-2021 at about 2:30 AM, a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on vehicle at the intersection of North Highway 101 at Black Bart Drive in Willits, California. 
The Deputy made contact with the driver, Tomas Valencia, and three other passengers in the vehicle.  The passengers were identified as Camilo Valencia,  Ali Khan and Alvin Valliaril. 
The Deputy detected the odor of marijuana/cannabis coming from inside the vehicle and visually observed loose marijuana remnants in the vehicle. 
A search of the vehicle was conducted and the Deputy located twenty-four (24) one (1) pound bags of processed marijuana/cannabis and packaging material to ship the marijuana via United States Postal Service.
None of the occupants had any sales invoices or shipping manifest allowing them to lawfully transport commercial quantities of marijuana/cannabis.    
All four individuals were arrested for the listed charges and transported to the Mendocino County Jail.
In accordance with the COVID-19 emergency order issued by the State of California Judicial Council, bail was set at zero dollars and all four individuals were released after the jail booking process, on their promise to appear in court at a later date.

(From Left to Right) Alvin Villaril, Tomas Valencia Ortega, Camilo Valencia, Ali Khan [Mugshots from MCSO]

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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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