Sheriff’s Office: Man caught with fentanyl pills while driving allegedly stolen vehicle
Photo: Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office
A man was recently arrested in Mendocino County after allegedly being caught carrying fentanyl pills in a stolen vehicle, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
In the early morning hours of March 26, a deputy on patrol pulled over 33-year-old Mark Andrew Nielsen after reportedly spotting him driving erratically down residential streets in Ukiah.
The deputy soon learned the vehicle Nielsen was driving, a grey Dodge Charger, had been reported stolen out of Lake County. Upon arresting Nielsen and searching his person, the deputy also discovered a plastic bag containing three pills — counterfeit prescription medications referred to as “M30” or “Fetty,” i.e. fentanyl.
Nielsen was later booked at the Mendocino County Jail on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of a controlled narcotic, but later released on a promise to appear per the state’s COVID-19 zero-bail order.