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Traffic stop leads to two drug arrests in Clearlake

Clearlake Police say a routine traffic stop led to the seizure of more than nine pounds of marijuana, cash, a weapon, and methamphetamine.

A Clearlake officer stopped resident Ronald Cook, 38, on Sunday for a traffic violation, police say. He was found to be driving without a license and as his vehicle was being impounded, officers found what appeared to be marijuana, which led them to believe he might be involved in drug trafficking.

A subsequent search of his home, in the 3600 block of Koloko Street, turned up the marijuana, broken down into many small packages, and about a quarter pound of crystal methamphetamine. Also seized were a scale, about $7,000 in cash, and a .40-caliber handgun with its serial number removed, police said.

Cook and another resident of the house, Virginia Cinollo, 60, were arrested and booked at the Lake County jail, police said. They face charges of possession of marijuana for sale; possession of a controlled substance for sale; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person; and possession of a firearm with serial numbers removed.


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