The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On 05/15/2023, at approximately 0930 hours, a UPD Officer contacted a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot of several businesses on South State Street. The vehicle was occupied by a male identified as 29- year-old, Ukiah transient, Tobias Wood. Upon contact, the Officer began conducting an investigation as Wood appeared to be acting suspicious and appeared under the influence of drugs.
After a conversation with Wood, the Officer noticed Wood had picked up a piece of tin foil which contained suspected fentanyl inside of it. Wood was detained and the investigation lead to a search of his person and 26 more grams of suspected fentanyl was located on his person. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is a major factor in the drug overdose epidemic in the United States.
The Officer continued investigating further and located a Winchester .22 long rifle in the back seat of the vehicle along with a Police style ballistic vest that had bullet proof panels inside of it. Wood had a long history of arrests and had prior felony convictions that made him a prohibited person from possessing firearms and body armor. Wood was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the above-listed charges.
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