Monday, December 5, 2022

Fake Name, AR-15, and a Meth Pipe—Covelo Woman Accused of a Slew of Charges After Traffic Stop

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:

Keisha Hoaglin [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On 07-06-2022 at approximately 1:00 A.M. a Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff was on routine patrol in Covelo, California.  The Deputy saw a vehicle traveling on Foothill Boulevard and observed a vehicle code violation. 

The Deputy conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle.  The Deputy contacted a female adult who provided her name and date of birth.  During the contact, the Deputy was able to determine the female adult had provided him with a false name, belonging to a real person (a family member). 

The Deputy was able to determine the female adult’s actual identity was Keisha Hoaglin.  Hoaglin was found to have an active warrant for her arrest.  The Deputy observed drug paraphernalia (methamphetamine smoking pipes) in plain view within the vehicle.  The Deputy also observed a case commonly used to store a firearm, on the back seat of the vehicle. 

Hoaglin was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest for the warrant.  The Deputy conducted a probable cause search of the vehicle and located the following items:

-Two baggies containing a total of 43.8 grams of suspected methamphetamine.

-A loaded AR-15 style rifle which had several features classifying it as an assault weapon and a short barreled rifle.  The rifle did not have a serial number and appeared to be a privately manufactured firearm. 

-Numerous live rounds of various calibers of ammunition. 

-Methamphetamine smoking pipe.

Based on the investigation, the Deputy was able to determine Hoaglin possessed the suspected methamphetamine for the purpose of sales.  The Deputy also determined Hoaglin was currently addicted to methamphetamine, causing her to be prohibited from possessing any firearms. 

Hoaglin was placed under arrest for 30605 (A) PC [Felony Possession of an Assault Weapon], 33215 PC [Felony Possession of a Short Barreled Rifle], 29800(A)(1) PC [Felon/Addict in Possession of a Firearm], 11370.1(A) HS [Felony Possession of a Controlled substance while Armed], 11378 HS [Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales], 11379 HS [Felony Transportation of a Controlled Substance], 529(A)(3) PC [Felony False Impersonation of Another], 11364(a) HS [Possession of Drug Paraphernalia], and a Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant. 

Hoaglin was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was to be held in lieu of $37,500.00 bail.



  1. AR-15 are not illegal in CA if made CA compliant. LEGAL gun owners usually know how to do this. There’s a variety of ways. a few are -change the barrel so it is rim fire, like a .22. OR/and Put in a fix that doesn’t allow the magazine to just drop off without an upper and lower separation, OR change its profile with additions to make it have the same profile as a “standard” rifle. Ghost gun are legal- but if used in a crime not so much. You have to build it yourself without help or borrowing tools. Requires a drill press or an incredibly good eye and steady hand.

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