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* Yahmina Underwood and Gerald Smith arrested for alleged meth use, code violations in Watsonville

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Two people were arrested in Watsonville Wednesday on suspicion of methamphetamine use and violation of several county building and planning codes. Watsonville residents Yahmina Underwood, 31, and Gerald Smith, 39 were arrested around 11 a.m. Wednesday after Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies met with the pair while serving an arrest warrant to another suspect in the 100 block of Webb Road in Watsonville.

Instead of finding the suspect they were looking for, deputies found Underwood and Smith living in a trailer on the property who appeared to be under the influence of methamphetamine. Sheriff’s officials said Smith is on probation for previous drug offenses.

During the arrest, deputies spotted numerous building and planning code violations on the nearly 3-acre property – from several broken-down vehicles to apparent illegal sewage disposal and a large trash heap. Sheriff’s officials said the property has a history of county code violations and residents arrested for drug and theft crimes. Both suspects were booked into jail on suspicion of drug influence and have since been released, sheriff’s officials said.

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