Photo: Pablo Melendez-Estrada
VALLEJO – Around 4:00 a.m. on January 28th a deputy with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office noticed a car driving without a front license plate and conducted a traffic stop. After the deputy pulled the car over, he also discovered that the registration on the car was expired.
Even more, a fake 2019 registration sticker was affixed to the rear license plate.
Finally, as the deputy spoke with the driver, he noticed a bindle of methamphetamine on the dashboard.
34-year-old Concord resident Pablo Melendez-Estrada was detained as a further search of the car was executed. Authorities also discovered paraphernalia, a drug scale and additional bindles of meth.
In all, six bindles of meth were confiscated. The last was hidden “deep inside Melendez-Estrada’s sock.”
The suspect was charged “on an array of drug sales and transportation charges, as well as knowingly bringing a controlled substance into the Solano County Jail.”