Photo: John Pennell Nelson
MENDOCINO — On Sunday afternoon, a deputy conducted a routine traffic stop in the 76000 block of Highway 162.
It wasn’t long before the deputy noticed a hunting rifle in the vehicle, and soon thereafter identified 53-year-old John Pennell Nelson as one of the passengers of the vehicle.
Nelson, an ex-felon, was arrested on site. A further search revealed that Nelson had drug paraphernalia and two grams of meth in his possession.
In addition, Nelson was under the influence of a controlled substance as he was being arrested. His bail has been set at $25,000.