Methamphetamine reportedly found during traffic stop of van spotted leaving scene of vandalism
Originally published 4-6-21
by the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office:
On 04-04-2021 at about 10:40 PM a Mendocino County Deputy Sheriff observed a gold Honda Van which had been witnessed leaving the location of a felony vandalism last week.
The Deputy observed one subject sitting in the driver’s seat of the vehicle while the van was parked in the 500 block of Central Avenue in Willits, California.
The Deputy contacted the subject (Devin Nielson), who had exited the vehicle. During the contact, the Deputy requested Sheriff’s Office dispatch run a records check on Nielson.
Sheriff’s Office Dispatch advised Nielson had a misdemeanor no-cite warrant for his arrest issued in Mendocino County in 2020. The Deputy was further advised Nielson was on misdemeanor probation with a term to obey all laws.
Nielson was arrested on the warrant and subsequently searched. The Deputy found a used glass pipe commonly used to smoke methamphetamine in his front pants pocket.
A search of Nielson’s vehicle was conducted and the Deputy located a zip lock bag with about 1 gram of a white crystalline substance and a plastic container with about 5 grams of a crystalline substance.
Due to the Deputy’s training and experience, the substance appeared to be methamphetamine [violation of 11377(A) HS]. By the front seat, on the floor board, of the vehicle was black colored metal knuckles [violation of 21810 PC].
Nielson was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $16,000.00 bail.