Mendocino County: Two arrested after ammo, paraphernalia found during traffic stop
Originally published 2-24-21
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
“On 02-22-2021 at approximately 9:13 A.M. a Mendocino County Sheriff’s Deputy was on routine patrol in the 3900 block of North State Street in Ukiah, California.
The Deputy observed a vehicle traveling in the area with several California vehicle code violations.
The Deputy conducted an enforcement stop on the vehicle which yielded at 3900 North State Street. The Deputy contacted the occupants of the vehicle who were identified as Zachary Lawson (driver) and Tara Hill (passenger).
Lawson was confirmed to be on active Parole through the California Department of Corrections, and Hill was found to be on formal probation out of Mendocino County.
As such, both Lawson and Hill are required to submit their person and vehicle to search, they shall not possess firearms, ammunition, or any other dangerous weapons, and they are to obey all laws.
The Deputy had Lawson step out of the vehicle and observed two knives on the driver’s side floorboard of the vehicle. The Deputy also observed a live 9mm cartridge on the dashboard directly in front of where Lawson had been seated. Lawson’s Parole Officer was contacted and he placed a parole hold on Lawson.
The Deputy had Hill step out of the vehicle. When Hill exited the vehicle, a live 9 mm cartridge fell from her person onto the ground. The Deputy also located a glass methamphetamine smoking pipe in the glove box directly in front of where Hill had been seated.
Further investigation revealed that the license plate affixed to the vehicle belonged to another vehicle.
Lawson was ultimately arrested for 3056 PC [Violation of Parole], 30305(a)(1) PC [Felon in Possession of Ammunition], and 4462.5 [Unlawful Display of Evidence of Registration]. Lawson was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $25,000.00 bail.
Hill was ultimately arrested for 1203.2 PC [Felony Violation of Probation], 30305(a)(1) PC [Felon in Possession of Ammunition], and 11364(a) HS [Possession of Drug Paraphernalia]. Hill was subsequently booked into the Mendocino County Jail where she was released on zero dollars bail after the booking process due to the current Covid-19 guidelines set forth by the California Judicial Counsel.”