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Last night Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a Scotia man after finding more than an ounce of methamphetamine in his pocket during a traffic stop. At about 9:15 p.m. Deputy Jesse Taylor conducted a traffic stop near Gold West Court for a vehicle code violation. After the vehicle stopped, the driver, Ricardo Pineda Talavera, 21, would not comply with Deputy Taylor’s instructions, but kept reaching for the glove compartment and center compartment of the vehicle. Deputy Taylor had Talavera exit the vehicle placed him in handcuffs. Deputy Taylor found a baggie of suspected methamphetamine in Talavera’s pocket; baggie weighed 31.5 grams. Talavera also had almost $800 cash on him. Deputy Taylor placed Talavera under arrest. During a subsequent search of Talavera’s vehicle Deputy Taylor found a digital scale.
Talavera was transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance, transport or sales of a controlled substance, and driving when unlicensed. His bail has been set at $25,000 and he is expected to be arraigned on Wednesday.
Note: The suspect is also known as Ricardo Talavera Pineda and is booked under that name in the Correctional Facility.