Woman arrested in Calaveras County after expired registration leads to discovery of narcotics in vehicle
Above: Items seized during arrest | Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office
Calaveras County authorities recently arrested a woman on narcotics charges and multiple out-of-county warrants after deputies initially discovered the registration on an associated vehicle was expired.
Shortly before 1:30 on the afternoon of August 4, deputies made contact with a man and a woman seemingly working on their SUV in a gas station parking lot after discovering the vehicle’s registration had come back expired, the Sheriff’s Office said.
While deputies spoke with the two, an employee came outside and reportedly told deputies that the woman — identified as 44-year-old Maria Aguilera — had stolen a pair of sandals. Aguilera later admitted to stealing the shoes, which were found in the vehicle and returned to the store, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Deputies searched the vehicle and reportedly seized 34 grams of suspected methamphetamine, 326 grams of marijuana, three glass pipes, prescription pills, and other items suggesting the sales of narcotics. Aguilera also turned out to have multiple warrants out of San Joaquin County.
Aguilera was ultimately taken into custody on various charges and the outstanding warrants. The driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released, turned out not to have a valid driver’s license. He was released at the scene and the vehicle was towed, the Sheriff’s Office said.