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Four from Santa Rosa among those in custody after Lake County pot busts

Four Santa Rosa residents and a man from Washington state remained in custody Wednesday in Lake County after sheriff's deputies seized 216 pounds of marijuana during separate traffic stops, according to sheriff's officials.

In the first case, two Santa Rosa men were arrested after a deputy on patrol smelled marijuana during a traffic stop at about 4:30 p.m. Monday on Highway 29 near Hidden Valley Lake, officials said.

The deputies found 113 bags of processed pot with 112 pounds of pot in the Honda Ridgeline as well as a .380-caliber pistol as well as a magazine for the gun and six live cartridges, officials said.

They arrested Horacio Sierra Campos, 25, on suspicion of three felonies including possessing marijuana for sale, being armed while possessing drugs and having a hidden gun in a vehicle.

Driver Sandra Rivera-Sierra, 25, was arrested on two felony charges involving suspicion of possessing marijuana and possessing it for sale.

About two hours later, marijuana's odor launched another vehicle search after a deputy pulled over a grey Nissan Xterra near Highway 53 and 18th Avenue in Clearlake.

The 6:40 p.m. traffic stop yielded three large duffle bags and a suitcase filled with 94 bags containing about 104 pounds of processed pot, officials said.

Deputies seized the pot as well as $1,250 that was found on the driver, Maximiano Caballero Munoz, 33, of Sunnyside, Wash.

Munoz and passengers Victorino Villegas Morales, 36, of Santa Rosa and Rodrigo Lopez Lopez, 25, of Santa Rosa were arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, selling or furnishing marijuana and conspiracy to commit a crime, officials said.

A fourth person in the car took of running and wasn't found.

Sheriff's officials didn't disclose what suspected traffic violations led to the traffic stops.


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