Two adults and two 17-year-old females were arrested recently on San Juan Canyon Road after a deputy found alcohol and methamphetamine in a car during a search.
According to a statement from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office:
On March 12, Sergeant Lobdell contacted the above listed subjects in a vehicle on San Juan Canyon Road near The Alameda. Upon making contact, he found a 30-year-old male was in the company of an 18-year-old female and two 17-year-old females. Sergeant Lobell noticed evidence of open alcoholic beverage containers and the presence of a substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.
During his investigation the following was learned:
Pablo Tapia, a resident of Salinas, picked up two female juveniles (also from Salinas) in the city of Salinas. At some point, Tapia acquired alcohol and methamphetamine. The trio went to Watsonville where they picked up Jennifer Gonzalez.
The four subjects then planned to go to Fremont Peak State Park to drink, do drugs and “party.” For an unknown reason, Tapia stopped on San Juan Canyon Rd where he was contacted by Sgt. Lobdell. During the course of conducting a search of Tapia’s vehicle, Sgt Lobdell found a large number of opened, partially consumed, empty and unopened beer cans and bottles. Several of the opened partially consumed beer containers had tipped over and soaked the interior. Sgt Lobdell also located, wedged under the front passenger seat, a clear plastic baggie containing suspected methamphetamine.
At the conclusion of this investigation, the following arrests were made:
Pablo Tapia – arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, having open containers in the vehicle and driving without a license.
Jennifer Gonzalez – arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor, possession of a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance, minor in possession of alcohol, providing a false name to a peace officer and a probation violation.
Female Juveniles – arrested for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of a controlled substance.
It is due to the proactive police work and inquisitiveness of Sergeant Lobdell that these minor females were removed from a potentially dangerous, life-altering situation. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office on our anonymous tip-line at (831) 636-4084.