Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Felon possess firearm, possesion of controlled substance for sale
Report Number:
2012-8098    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Felon possess firearm, possesion of controlled substance for sale
Location:
Refuse Road, Covelo
When: Date: 4-9-2012 Time: 0330
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Curtis Bettega 53 Covelo, Ca
         
Written by: Lieutenant Kirk Mason
Synopsis: On April 9, 2012, at approximately 0330 hrs MCSO Deputies were in the area of Refuse Road, Covelo, conducting a possible physical assault/suspicious activity investigation.

During this investigation their attention was drawn to a suspicious vehicle that had pulled into a driveway of a residence. As deputies started to approach the vehicle, they saw a male subject get out of the vehicle and run into a wooded area. Deputies started to search the area for the subject that had run, at which time they contacted S-Curtis Bettega.

Following a short investigation it was determined that the person that had run from the vehicle was S-Bettega. Following a search of the vehicle, deputies located a loaded .40 caliber pistol on the front passenger seat of the vehicle, ten (10) individually packaged baggies containing suspected methamphetamine, used syringes and additional ammunition. It was also determined that S-Bettega was prohibited by law from possessing a firearm and that he was on probation for prior criminal convictions.

Bettega was arrested for possessing methamphetamine for sale, possession of methamphetamine, being a felon in possession of a firearm and carrying a loaded firearm in public. Bettega was transported to the Mendocino County Jail where he was held without bail.
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