Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) Proceeds aquired from drug transactions / Asset Forfeiture
Report Number:
2012-17789    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
Proceeds aquired from drug transactions / Asset Forfeiture
Location:
Highway 101 Willits,CA
When: Date: 7/25/2012 Time: 0030 hrs
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Shane Smith 38 Atlanta, Georgia
Suspect #2: Martin Falls 34 Oakland, California
         
Written by: Lieutenant Kirk Mason
Synopsis: On 7-25-2012, at approximately 0030 hrs, a sheriffs deputy made a traffic enforcement stop on Highway 101 in the Willits area. Upon contacting the driver of the vehicle, the deputies K-9 partner (which is trained in drug recognition) alerted on the vehicle.

Following a brief investigation, the deputy located $3000.00 in cash on the person of S-Martin Falls. While searching the inside of the vehicle the deputy located a large metal container. Located within that container was $61,910.00 in cash. Also located in the vehicle were notes that indicated that a a drug transaction was planned to be completed on an unknown date and location.

A total of $65,236.00 was seized from the persons, and the vehicle of Suspect Shane Smith and Martin Falls

Both Suspect Smith and Falls were placed under arrest for possessing proceeds acquired from drug sales and subsequently released upon their signed promises to appear in court. The cash was seized for evidentiary purposes and a subsequent asset forfeiture hearing.
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