Child Protective Services called out
UKIAH—Detectives with the Mendocino Sheriff’s Department served a search warrant at the 2100 block of South State Street regarding an ongoing arson investigation.
On Tuesday, November 27 at about 10:30 a.m., detectives investigating an arson case executed the search warrant in hopes of finding information on that arson case but the search did not reveal any new information. They located approximately one gram of methamphetamine and paraphernalia used to smoke it.
In the apartment, authorities found the occupants under the influence of a controlled substance.
Taken into custody were Tiffany Nicole Hobbs, 31, Jose Jesus Tapia Rodriguez, 25 and William Clay McNiel, 23. Both Hobbs and McNiel are from the city of Ukiah where Rodriguez is from the city of Philo.
“We went to the apartment to find evidence involving an arson,” Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department Investigation Lieutenant Greg Van Patten said. “ It turns out not to have anything to do with the arson case.”
Mendocino County Child Protective Services were called to the scene because children ranging in the age of six months to four years lived in the apartment.
All three occupants were booked in the Mendocino County Jail on charges from being in possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Hobbs was also arrested for being in possession of drug paraphernalia while Tapia-Rodriguez was arrested for violating his probation. Bail for Hobbs and McNeil has been set at $10,000.00 and &7,500 for Rodriguez.
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s department is still actively investigating this incident along with the arson case and is asking anyone with information regarding both cases to call them at 1-707-234-2100.
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