Two arrested, one cited after drugs found during traffic stop in Humboldt County
Above: Maxwell Elliott (L) and Lynzee Strange (R) | Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office
The discovery of drugs during a traffic stop in Humboldt County led to two arrests and one citation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Just after 2:30 AM on March 29, a deputy conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation and reportedly saw drug paraphernalia in plain view.
One of the occupants, identified as 26-year-old Maxwell Thomas Elliott, allegedly provided a false name at first and was soon found to have an active warrant for his arrest. He and another passenger were also found to be on probation, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Per the search terms of Elliott’s probation, deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly found about 79 grams of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia. As well, one of the passengers — 20-year-old Lynzee Aurora Strange — was found to have called the Sheriff’s Office dispatch center earlier as a diversion attempt to avoid the traffic stop, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Strange was also found to have about five grams of suspected fentanyl and paraphernalia in her possesion, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Elliott and Strange were both ultimately arrested and booked on narcotics and other charges. The driver of the vehicle, identified as 40-year-old Keara Loudon, was cited and released for allegedly driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to maintain lighting equipment. A third passenger was released at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.