Lake County traffic stop leads to discovery of drugs, paraphernalia
Tiffany Larue booking photo (Credit: Lake County Sheriff’s Department)
CLEARLAKE OAKS // On September 8th just before 2 AM, a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy patrolling the area of Highway 20 and Highway 53 noticed an “equipment violation” on a Hyundai Sonata and conducted an enforcement stop near New Long Valley Road.
The driver, identified as 31-year-old Tiffany Violet Marie Larue of Clearlake Oaks , and her passenger, 37-year-old Daniel Dean Larue, were asked to step out of the vehicle after the deputy noticed “a small digital pocket scale on the driver floor board.”
Tiffany Larue also appeared to show signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance, but consented to a search of the car.
During said search, the deputy found a broken glass pipe in Tiffany Larue’s purse, as well as a cell phone case under the steering wheel. Inside the case was what appeared to be a small plastic bag containing “just under an ounce of suspected methamphetamine” with a street value of approximately $2,260.
When asked about it, Larue told the deputy she owned the car but the meth belonged to someone else who’d borrowed it.
She was placed under arrest and booked at the Lake County Jail on charges of posession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of controlled substance paraphernalia. She has since been released on bail to the tune of $35,000.