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Traffic Stop Results in the Arrest of Ukiah Man for Possessing Fentanyl and 131 Grams of Meth, Says UPD


The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Jesse L. Lucas [Mugshot provided by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office]

On 10/21/2021 at about 5:24 PM, a Ukiah PD Officer was on patrol and observed a vehicle that had an equipment violation. The Officer performed an enforcement stop and contacted the three occupants of the vehicle. The male driver was later identified as Jesse L. Lucas and the female passenger was identified as  Nicole Sanderson. The third passenger was also identified, but had no other involvement in this incident.  Lucas provided a false name to the Officer, but his true identity was determined and he was found to have three  Misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. Lucas was detained without incident and was found to be in possession of suspected Fentanyl on his person. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the Officer locating approximately 131 grams of suspected methamphetamine and Fentanyl. These substances were packaged in such a way that lead Officers to believe they were possessed by Lucas for sale. Lucas admitted these substances belonged to him.  

Also, during the search of the vehicle a glass pipe used for smoking methamphetamine was located and  Sanderson claimed ownership of the pipe. Sanderson was issued a citation to appear in court for the violation of 11364(a) HS. She was released from the scene. 

Lucas was arrested for the aforementioned violations and was transported to the MCSO Jail. He was held on $22,000.00 bail. 


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Matt LaFever
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