LOWER LAKE, LAKE COUNTY – Last Thursday afternoon narcotics detectives uncovered a home filled with a variety of drugs and paraphernalia, and arrested the man living there. He was found in the bathroom with a meth water pipe, a lighter and a blowtorch.
According to Steve Brooks of the Sheriff’s office, detectives had secured a warrant on the home on Spruce Grove Road in Lower Lake, in the rural area south of the town, which is located on the southern tip of Clear Lake. They had obtained the warrant back on April 21, but did not serve it until Thursday, May 1 at 1:27 in the afternoon.
They entered the home and found resident Philip Donald Marcelino, 43, in the bathroom with a water pipe for smoking methamphetamine, a lighter and a blowtorch. They did not say if he was smoking at the time, or just hiding, but the house was filled with enough evidence that the meth pipe would not make much difference.
Once they detained Marcelino, they went about searching the rest of the residence. The motherlode was sitting on a coffee table, along with a few cans of Fanta Strawberry soda, Jolly Rancher Candies, a lotto scratcher, a magnifying glass, several lighters, a Dish Network remote control, a “Lightning McQueen” (from “Cars”) thermos, and a “Pet Screw” novelty item box (“Handle at your own risk”). The contraband on the table included 14.3 gams of meth, a digital gram scale, a spoon coated with meth, 46.4 grams of processed marijuana, a stun gun, and $200.00 in cash.
They also found a pair of pants draped over the couch with a meth pipe sticking out of the pocket. Under the cushions they located another .2 grams of packaged meth and a glass pipe. The dining room had a police scanner tuned to the sheriff’s department communications channel (which apparently did not help.) The kitchen counter had 4.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. And finally an inspection of the garage turned up a sheet of what was suspected to be 93 doses of LSD, which will be sent for testing to confirm.
The evidence was seized and logged, and Philip Marcelino was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale, drug paraphernalia, marijuana, and possession of a stun gun as a convicted felon. He was booked at the Hill Road Correctional facility. Total bail was set at $65,000, and the $200 was seized pending asset forfeiture proceedings if it is shown to be profits from illegal drug sales.