Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Willits Police Arrest Felon for Alleged Possession of Meth and Flare Gun


The following is a press release issued by the Willits Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Steven Lawson [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

On November 15th, 2022 at about 4:33pm, Willits PD (WPD) Officers stopped a  vehicle in the Safeway parking lot for expired registration, and additional equipment violations. The driver was identified as Steven Lawson (from Ukiah),  who admitted he did not have a license.  

While one Officer conducted a check on Lawson, the other officer observed Lawson manipulating a baggy with a white crystalline substance on his lap. Lawson was detained, and a search of his person revealed a live flare gun round in his pocket. A flare gun, the same caliber as the ammunition found in his pocket, was found underneath Lawson’s seat. Per 16520 PC, the flare gun is considered a firearm. Lawson is a felon and is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition. 

The methamphetamine was later weighed and determined to be 22 grams. 

Lawson was later transported and booked into county jail for violation of; 11377(a)  HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance – Methamphetamine]. 29800(a)(1) PC  [Felon in Possession of a Firearm], 11370.1 HS [Possession of a Controlled  Substance While Armed], and 30305(a)(1) PC [Felon in Possession of Ammunition]. 



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