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2 charged with drug possession, vehicle theft in Vacaville

On July 21, California authorities arrested two people on a variety of charges, including drug possession, after they were accused of shoplifting at a retail store. The incident took place in Vacaville.

The Vacaville Police Department said that employees at a local Target called them to report a man who had taken merchandise into a fitting room. Officers responded to the scene and waited for the individual to exit the store. When he did, officers searched him and found he had heroin and methamphetamine in his possession. They also discovered that authorities in Sonoma County had issued a warrant for his arrest.

The officers said the man, a 22-year-old resident of Fairfield, claimed he didn’t own a car, but they found what a appeared to be a brand new vehicle key fob in his possession. They pressed a button on the fob to see if it worked on any vehicles in the parking lot and saw the lights of an SUV activate. They approached the vehicle and found a 22-year-old Vallejo woman sitting inside. They ran the plates on the vehicle and discovered it was reported stolen in Folsom. A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed various items of drug paraphernalia and a starter gun. It also revealed financial paperwork, credit cards, mail and personal items that appeared to be stolen. Both individuals were arrested and taken to the Solano County Jail for processing. They are facing multiple charges, including drug possession, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a stolen vehicle.

A conviction on drug charges can lead to serious consequences, including incarceration and steep fines. As a result, people who are in this position may find it advisable to contact a defense attorney as soon as possible so that a strategy to counter the allegations can be constructed.

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John Patrick Ryan has been practicing law for over 20 years. Experienced in criminal law. U.S. Navy Veteran.