Three days before Christmas, a Cotati Police Officer located a vehicle inside of which were two subjects, reportedly “slumped over” with narcotic paraphernalia in plain view. An investigation ensued and the two subjects were determined to be Mendocino County residents, 24-year-old Dakota Johnson of Willits and 33-year-old Timothy Bennett Jr. of Laytonville. The two were booked in the Sonoma County Jail after being found in possession of fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin.
Hat tip to Sonoma County Scanner Updates for the identification of the pair via inquiries with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.
According to a post on the Cotati Police Department Facebook page, a probable cause search “yielded 20 grams of suspected fentanyl, 20 grams of suspected cocaine, and 8 grams of suspected heroin.”
This discovery resulted in the pair’s arrest and booking into the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility. The Cotati Police Department Facebook post specifies, “that Due to the current bail schedule, both parties were released approximately 7 hours later.”
As per a search of the Mendocino County Superior Court Case Information Portal, Bennett has faced jail time in Mendocino County as a result of a 2016 case where he was initially charged with assault with a deadly weapon and vandalism.
In 2015, Bennett was pulled over by a Fish and Wildlife Warden on Sherwood Road in Willits and a subsequent search found him in possession of seven pounds of cannabis.
Back in April 2021, Dakota Johnson reportedly smuggled fentanyl into the Mendocino County Jail and exposed a corrections deputy to the powerful drug which resulted in the staff member’s hospitalization.
It must be stated that the charges described have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.