General Crime

* Alan Tinker Arrested After More Than Pound of Meth Allegedly Found on Traffic Stop

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More than a pound of methamphetamine was seized after police pulled over a motorist on probation in Santa Cruz on Thursday morning, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. Alan Tinker, 57, was arrested after a deputy stopped his vehicle near the intersection of Emeline Avenue and Lee Street at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday, sheriff’s officials said. The deputy recognized the driver as Tinker, a drug offender on probation, and stopped the vehicle. As the deputy began to search the car, Tinker allegedly tried to flee, but was arrested after a brief physical struggle with the deputy, according to the sheriff’s office. Tinker and the deputy were both uninjured during the struggle. Inside the car, investigators found more than a pound of  methamphetamine packaged in half- and quarter-ounce quantities. The drugs have a street value of about $15,000, sheriff’s officials said. Tinker was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, transportation and possession of methamphetamine for sales, and probation violation.

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