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 06-11-2022 at about 10:30 PM a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy observed a male subject in the drivers seat of a parked vehicle while patrolling the 100 block of Kawi Place in Willits, California.
The Deputy recognized the subject as William Lee and knew Lee had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for his arrest.
The Deputy contacted Lee and arrested him for the misdemeanor arrest warrant. During a search of Lee’s person, the Deputy located several grams of methamphetamine.
After securing Lee in the patrol vehicle, the deputy noticed there was an adult female occupying the same vehicle Lee had occupied. The Deputy contacted the adult female who was identified as Denesa Cleek.
The Deputy conducted a search of Cleek’s purse and found a collapsible baton, a can of pepper spray, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia associated with the sale of methamphetamine. The Deputy conducted a records check and learned she was prohibited from possessing a baton and pepper spray. Cleek was arrested and placed in the back of another patrol vehicle.
While the Deputy was conducting a search of the vehicle both Cleek and Lee occupied, the Deputy heard glass hitting the ground at the patrol vehicle Cleek was seated in. The Deputy noticed a glass methamphetamine pipe and two plastic bags containing methamphetamine on the ground just below the patrol vehicle’s open window.
Cleek and Lee were booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the listed charges and were to be held in lieu of bail (Lee – $55,000.00 / Cleek – $50,000.00).
The North Coast of California has a disproportionately high rate of drug abuse and addiction compared to the rest of California Treatment can help. The following resources are available to those seeking support for themselves or their loved ones:
- Mendocino County
- Contact Behavioral Health and Recovery Services at 1(855)765-9703.
- Humboldt County
- Contact the Humboldt County Substance Use Disorder Hotline at 1-855-765-9703
- Trinity County
- Contact Alcohol and Other Drug Service at (530)623-1362
- Lake County
- Contact the Substance Use Disorder Services at 1(800)900-2075