Comments Off on California Highway Patrol: Novato traffic stop yields 5 pounds of Methamphetamine and the arrest of Leny Romero-Moya, 18, and Juvenal Mondragon, 20, in Marin County

Two Santa Rosa men were arrested after police stopped their speeding vehicle in Novato and found more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine in the car, the California Highway Patrol said.

Leny Romero-Moya, 18, and Juvenal Mondragon, 20, were booked into Marin County Jail with bail set at $250,000.

The incident occurred at about 3:30 p.m. Monday on northbound Highway 101, where the CHP saw a speeding Mercedes near the South Novato Boulevard offramp. The Mercedes was traveling at more than 80 mph in a 65 mph zone, said CHP Officer Andrew Barclay.

Police stopped the car just south of the downtown Novato exit. Romero-Moya was identified as the driver and Mondragon the passenger, and neither had an active driver’s license.

Police arranged for the Mercedes to be towed and conducted a search of the car. When police found a large bag of suspected meth in the car, they moved to arrest the two men.

After Romero-Moya was handcuffed, Mondragon ran off and darted through an opening in the fence next to the highway, Barclay said. Mondragon ran toward the nearby medical campus, where he was eventually found hiding in a stairwell inside Novato Community Hospital.

Romero-Moya was booked on suspicion of drug possession for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, driving while unlicensed, failure to provide proof of insurance and speeding.

Mondragon was booked on suspicion of drug possession for sale, transportation of a controlled substance and resisting police.

The suspect remained in custody Tuesday while the Marin County District Attorney’s Office reviewed whether to file charges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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