CLEARLAKE – LAKE COUNTY – You might think people driving around with illegal drugs in their car would make sure that cops would have no reason to pull them over, especially in a place like Lake County, where the Sheriff’s department has made well publicized efforts to clear the county of narcotics and dealers. But perhaps the need to get somewhere outweighs the risks, or they believe they have concealed their contraband beyond the ability of officers to find it.
One such person was 58-year-old Aron Fulwood of Glenhaven, a small community a few miles north of Clearlake on the eastern shore of the lake. Last Saturday night, November 30, at 9 pm, Fulwood was driving south on Highway 53 in his white 4-door sedan. As he passed Polk Avenue, a patrol deputy noticed his right headlight was out, and pulled him over as he passed 40th.
The deputy recognized the driver from having dealt with him several times before, and knew he had a suspended licence. In fact, Fulwood had just the day before been cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license. He also had several priors for various drug possession and sales, along with driving offenses over the past three years.
Fulwood claimed he was an open book, and confidently gave the deputy permission to search the car, saying he had nothing illegal to hide. Taking him up on the offer, the deputy quickly proved him wrong, finding a cigarette wrapper under the gear shift boot that held four small plastic bindles containing a clear crystalline substance. Another bindle was hidden in the driver’s door handle. Recognizing that these were not filled with rock candy, the deputy arrested Fulwood for possession of methamphetamine.
Fulwood owned up to the meth found in the door, but knew nothing about the others, he claimed. He told the deputy that several people had been in and out of his car recently, and didn’t know who could have hidden the drugs there. More concerned with quality than quantity, the deputy proceeded with the arrest for possession and transportation of a controlled substance, and once again driving with a suspended license. He was booked on those charges at the Hill Road Correctional Facility, and the car towed and impounded.
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