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Mendocino deputies arrest two on drugs, weapons charges

Two Arizona men loaded weapons, drugs and a copy machine in their rental car and drove from the Grand Canyon state to Mendocino County, where they planned to print their own money and buy a bunch of marijuana, a Mendocino County sheriff's official said Tuesday.

The plan ended in Ukiah when a deputy stopped them for speeding and a missing license plate light, sheriff's Lt. Greg Van Patten said.

On Tuesday, driver Eric Tysick, 27, of Mesa and passenger Zachary Henderson, 22, of Dateland were in the Mendocino County Jail.

They were due to be arraigned Wednesday on several alleged drugs and weapons charges.

Inside their rented, four-door Chevrolet Impala, deputies had found a loaded handgun, metal knuckles attached to a spring-loaded knife, a billy club and another knife, said Van Patten.

Daisy, a Ukiah police dog with a nose for narcotics, found a small amount of heroin, methadone and marijuana.

In the trunk was a copier.

"They were going to use (the copier)to print ... a large amount of counterfeit money," the men told deputies, Van Patten said.

The money was for dope.

"They were here to buy large amounts of marijuana and drive back to Arizona," he said.


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