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Traffic stop results in cocaine bust


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Deputies arrested a man in Sonora on suspicion of transporting cocaine and possessing cocaine for sale.

It started about 10:35 p.m. Dec. 28 with a traffic stop on Stockton Road, where photos posted to social media by Tuolumne County sheriff’s staff showed a red Pontiac sedan with red tape over a rear signal light.

A passenger in the car, Joshua Kaufman, 39, of Sonora, was arrested. Deputies said he had two plastic bags holding 3.97 grams of cocaine, a digital scale, and an unspecified amount of cash.

Kaufman was also wanted on two misdemeanor warrants, sheriff’s staff said.

“Along with his warrants, Kaufman was booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for transportation and possession of cocaine for sale,” sheriff’s staff said in a social media post at 6:02 a.m. Friday.

Asked Monday for information about Kaufman’s status as an inmate at Tuolumne County Jail, sheriff’s staff referred questions to a public information officer. Three and a half hours later, sheriff’s Sgt. Andrea Benson said Kaufman was released on bail.

Contact Guy McCarthy at gmccarthy@uniondemocrat.com or (209) 588-4585. Follow him on Twitter @GuyMcCarthy.