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 05-06-2022 at about 11:30 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Deputy noticed a vehicle towing a trailer traveling southbound on Highway 101 in Willits, California.
The Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle for numerous vehicle code violations. The Deputy contacted two subjects in the vehicle who identified as Jesus Paredes, and Juan Marquez-Diego.
The subjects consented to a search of their vehicle and trailer. Inside the trailer, Deputies found 128 approximately 2 foot tall growing marijuana plants.
The Deputy learned the pair were traveling from Covelo (California) to Clearlake (California) with the plants. The subjects did not have any paperwork to show these plants were possessed legally.
Paredes and Marquez-Diego were arrested for transportation for sale of marijuana (11360 HS) and conspiracy to commit a crime (182 PC).
Paredes and Marquez-Diego were booked to the Mendocino County Jail to be held in lieu of $20,000.00 bail each.