A traffic stop in Watsonville on Wednesday led to the arrest of a 33-year-old man on suspicion of selling illegal drugs after a cache of methamphetamine and cocaine was found in his car and home, authorities said. Two Watsonville police officers stopped a car on Atkinson Lane at about 6:15 p.m. and found out that the driver, Andres Mena, had no driver’s license, according to the Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team.
After arresting Mena on suspicion of driving without a license, the officers recovered 39 grams of methamphetamine and four grams of cocaine in the car and $600 in cash in his possession. The officers then contacted the anti-crime team, made up of city and county law enforcement, to serve a search warrant at Mena’s home at 25 Dolores Ave. later Wednesday.
Team members confiscated 11.6 grams of methamphetamine and 3.9 grams of cocaine from the suspect’s home and $11,000 in cash in a bedroom. Mena was arrested on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance and possession for sales of a controlled substance and was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail, team members said.
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