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 11-11-2021 at approximately 9:55 PM, A Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Rafael Govea-Lopez near the intersection of North Highway 101 and Black Bart Drive in Willits, California.
The Deputy conducted a wants/warrants records check which revealed Govea-Lopez had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest (11370.1 H&S- Possession of a Controlled Substance and a Loaded Firearm). The Deputy found firearm ammunition components in the vehicle which belonged to Govea-Lopez.
Govea-Lopez was arrested for the listed outstanding arrest warrant and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.
The Deputy was aware that Govea-Lopez resided at a residence at the 1700 block of Main Street in Willits and was privy that law enforcement had received several calls for service at the residence for the reports of gun fire.
A search warrant was obtained for the residence where Govea-Lopez resided. Deputies served the search warrant on 11-12-2021 at about 1:45 AM and located Harold Knight and Alberto Morfin.
A search of the residence revealed over a hundred pounds of processed marijuana, a .45 caliber pistol and several hundred rounds of firearm ammunition cartridges.
Knight was found to be a registered sex offender and is prohibited (felony) from cultivating or possession of marijuana for sales.
Knight and Morfin were arrested for possession of marijuana for sales, and conspiracy to commit crime.
Both subjects were booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charges and both subjects to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Additionally Govea-Lopez was charged with 11359(b) H&S and 182 PC and was to be held in lieu of $35,000.00 bail.