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 08-30-2021 at 3:55 A.M., a Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff was on routine patrol in the area of Highway 101 near the Lake Mendocino Drive on-ramp in Ukiah, California.
While driving on Highway 101, the Deputy observed a vehicle traveling in front of him. The Deputy observed a vehicle code violation and conducted a traffic stop. The Deputy contacted the driver, who was identified as Lily Simili. The Deputy also contacted the male passenger, who provided them with a false name.
A second Deputy arrived on scene and they began their investigation. The Deputies observed an item shaped like a methamphetamine pipe near the center console of the vehicle. The Deputies confronted the male passenger about the item and subsequently confirmed the item was a methamphetamine pipe.
The Deputies then developed probable cause to search the male passenger’s person and during their search they located a personal use amount of methamphetamine in one of his pockets. The Deputies also located a wallet in the male passenger’s pocket. The wallet contained identification for Hunter Casey and the photograph on the identification matched the male passenger. It was determined Casey had provided the name of another actual person in order to evade charges.
The Deputies performed a records check on Casey and learned he had an active felony warrant for his arrest. Casey was also found to be on active Post Release Community Service (PRCS).
The Deputies arrested Casey for 3455 PC (Felony Violation PRCS), 529(A) PC (Felony False Impersonation of Another), 11377(a) HS (Misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance), 11364 HS (Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) and the Felony Arrest Warrant.
The Deputies continued their investigation and observed Simili was in possession of an over the shoulder bag; which she claimed belonged to Casey. The Deputes searched the bag and located a second methamphetamine pipe. Other items in the bag provided the Deputies with probable cause to believe the methamphetamine pipe belonged to Simili.
Simili was cited to appear in the Ukiah Superior Court for a violation of 11364 HS (Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia).
Casey was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $30,000.00 bail.