Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 4573.6 PC [Possession of controlled substance at correctional facility]
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4573.6 PC [Possession of controlled substance at correctional facility]
Chamberlin Creek Conservation Camp (Highway 20) Fort Bragg, Ca
When: Date: 03/03/2013 Time: 1130 hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: People of the State
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Randi Tope 26 Marina, Ca
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 03/03/2013 at approximately 1130 hours, Mendocino County Sheriff's Deputies were dispatched to the Chamberlain Creek State Correctional Facility regarding a visitor being detained for bringing marijuana onto the premises.

Deputies arrived and learned Randi Tope had driven to the facility for an authorized inmate visitation period. Upon Tope's arrival State Corrections staff smelled the odor of marijuana emitting from inside her vehicle.

A search of the vehicle and Tope’s clothing was conducted after consent was obtained by Corrections staff. During the search Corrections staff found Tope to be in possession of 2 marijuana buds inside a plastic bag and a marijuana cigarette. The total estimated weight of the marijuana was approximately 2 grams.

Deputies established probable cause to believe Tope had knowingly brought the marijuana onto the facility's premises knowing that such activity was prohibited and illegal.

Tope was booked into the Mendocino County Jail on the listed charge and was to be held in lieu of $15,000.00 bail.
Approved By: Captain Greg Van Patten