APD traffic stop leads to meth bust

Posted: 7th August 2012 by Doc in Uncategorized
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A routine traffic stop in Arcata Sunday night led to a large methamphetamine bust and several arrests.

At about 7 p.m. Sunday, Arcata Police Department officers pulled a car over on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Giuntoli Lane for an unspecified vehicle code violationand ended up searching the vehicle, according to an APD press release.

During the search, officers reported finding one ounce of methamphetamine packaged for sales, scales, packaging materials and a hypodermic needle.

The vehicle’s driver, Aaron Riley, 26, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine for sales and a parole violation and the passenger, 28-year-old Derlyn Riley, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and violating her probation.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Derlyn Riley was booked into the jail at 8:30 p.m. and released an hour and 15 minutes later. Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Knight said it is not uncommon for nonviolent misdemeanor offendersto be booked into the jail and released on their own recognizance.

While conducting a follow-up investigation at Arcata’s Motel 6 at about 11:30 p.m., officers contacted Derlyn Riley in one of the rooms. During that contact, officers located methamphetamine and hypodermic needles in the room, prompting them to again arrest Derlyn Riley on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and paraphernalia, as well as again violating her probation, according to the APD press release.

Also arrested at the motel was 36-year-old Tommy Horton, who was booked into jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia, according to the release.

Knight said Derlyn Riley was booked for the second arrest at 1:10 a.m. today, and was released at 3:32 a.m. on her own recognizance. Knight said the 28-year-old Arcatan’s second release — after she had been arrested on suspicion of committing felony possession and violating her probation twice in the span of four and a half hours — was due to jail overcrowding and the fact that the suspected felony was a nonviolent offense.






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