Photo: Dillon Bateman
Originally publsihed as a Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook post –
On November 13th at 3:01 a.m., a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop along Interstate 80 at the Russell Road exit. Upon making contact with the driver and passenger, the deputy observed the driver slowly reaching for the floorboard and ordered him to put his hands back onto the steering wheel.
Additionally, the deputy observed a large amount of bills on the center console. For the deputy’s safety, the driver and the passenger were both detained. The deputy learned the driver, a juvenile, was listed as a missing person out of Idaho.
Upon a search of the vehicle, the deputy found one 9mm hollow point round, an unregistered handgun, a black backpack containing two unmarked pill bottles containing Xanax, and three plastic containers with concentrated cannabis inside. The deputy found more than $700 in cash between what he observed on the center console, and what he found in the juvenile’s pocket.
Both the juvenile driver and the passenger, identified as 18-year old Dillon Bateman, were arrested. Bateman was charged with possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, transportation of a controlled substance for sale, criminal conspiracy, and several other related charges.
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