The following is a press release 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:
On 06-21-2021 at 2:34 A.M. Mendocino County Deputies were on routine patrol in the area of North State Street and Orr Springs Road in Ukiah, California.
During this time, They observed a dark colored pickup truck turn onto Orr Springs Road from North State Street. The Deputies observed the pickup truck displayed expired registration in violation of California Vehicle Code section 4000(a)(1).
The Deputies performed a traffic stop on the pickup truck and contacted the two occupants. The driver was identified as Lawrence Ortiz and the passenger was identified as Luiz Gonzalez.
Gonzalez was found to be on Pre-Trial Release with terms to include a fourth amendment waiver. Through conversation the Deputies learned a methamphetamine smoking pipe was in his possession.
Deputies also learned Ortiz possessed methamphetamine and a weapon inside the vehicle.
The Deputies searched the vehicle and located an electroshock weapon and a baton with an electroshock device at the end. Ortiz was prohibited from possessing electroshock weapons. The Deputies also located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle.
Ortiz was arrested for 22610(a) PC (Felony – Felon Possession/Use Stun Gun), 22210 PC (Felony – Possession of a Billy) and 11377(a) HS (Misdemeanor – Possession Controlled Substance).
Ortiz was booked into the Mendocino County Jail, to be released after the booking process on zero bail pursuant to COVID-19 bail schedule set forth by the State of California Judicial Council.
Gonzalez was cited to appear in the Ukiah Superior Court for a 11364 HS (Misdemeanor – Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) violation.