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Drugs found in car near downtown Sonora


Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office / provided Drugs found in a minivan in downtown Sonora.
Armando Rodolfo Gonzalez
Gina Lucille Cook

Two suspected drug dealers were arrested near downtown Sonora Thursday morning after the driver of a red minivan threw a bag with an assortment of narcotics out of her window.

About 8 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy saw a woman he knew to have a warrant for her arrest on drug possession charges driving on Mono Way toward downtown Sonora.

The deputy pulled behind the vehicle, but the driver accelerated away from the deputy and quickly sped down the Barretta Street intersection, Sgt. Andrew Benson said.

A bag the deputy said was thrown out the window was found to

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Two suspected drug dealers were arrested near downtown Sonora Thursday morning after the driver of a red minivan threw a bag with an assortment of narcotics out of her window.

About 8 a.m., a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s deputy saw a woman he knew to have a warrant for her arrest on drug possession charges driving on Mono Way toward downtown Sonora.

The deputy pulled behind the vehicle, but the driver accelerated away from the deputy and quickly sped down the Barretta Street intersection, Sgt. Andrew Benson said.

A bag the deputy said was thrown out the window was found to contain individual small bags of methamphetamine, heroin and suboxone, a Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office press release stated.

The woman continued to drive a short distance and stopped on Barretta Street at the intersection with Shepherd Street, Benson said.

Deputies found drug paraphernalia including toot straws, burned foil and several plastic baggies and heroin inside the car.

In total, four suboxone patches, 3.09 grams of heroin and 1.5 grams of methamphetamine were found.

Gina Lucille Cook, 39, of Jamestown, was booked on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession or purchase for sale of a narcotic controlled substance, and her warrant for failing to appear on a misdemeanor drug charge.
Her bail was set at $25,000.

Armando Rodolfo Gonzalez, 23, of Tuolumne, was booked on suspicion of a felony probation violation and misdemeanor charges possession of a controlled substance paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Gonzalez was placed on a no bail probation hold.

Both remained in the custody of the Tuolumne County Jail Friday afternoon.

Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or gricapito@uniondemocrat.com. Follow him on Twitter @gsepinsonora.