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May 28, 2024

Courts: Charges filed for meth, liquor, youths in car

Prosecutors have charged two adults who were arrested in March on San Juan Canyon Road after a deputy found methamphetamine and alcohol in a car with juveniles.

The San Benito County District Attorney’s Office in late April charged Salinas resident Pablo Tapia, age 30, on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and selling liquor to a minor, according to court records.

The 18-year-old with Tapia and two 17-year-olds, Jennifer Gonzalez, was charged on suspicion of false identification to a peace officer and minor possessing alcohol, records showed.

According to a statement from the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office released in March:

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 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 Road 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.

Jennifer Gonzalez