Traffic stop leads to search warrant, search warrant leads to discovery of weed, ammo
Three people were recently arrested in Mendocino County after a traffic stop led to a search warrant, which in turn led to the discovery and confiscation of ammunition and marijuana, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Around 10 PM on November 11, a deputy pulled over 23-year-old Rafael Govea-Lopez in the area of North Highway 101 and Black Bart Drive in Willits. Govea-Lopez, who turned out to have a felony arrest warrant to his name, was ultimately arrested and booked.
Following Govea-Lopez’s arrest, a search warrant was secured and served at his residence on Main Street, where numerous callers had reported hearing gunfire.
In the early morning hours of November 12, as deputies searched the place, they reportedly discovered over a hundred pounds of processed marijuana, a .45 caliber pistol, and several hundred rounds of ammunition cartridges.
Also detained at the resident were Harold Knight (59) and Alberto Morfin (47), both of whom were ultimately arrested and booked on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sales and conspiracy to commit a crime.