Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 11377(A)H&S, 273(A)PC, 11364 H&S
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11377(A)H&S, 273(A)PC, 11364 H&S
76220 Hwy 162, Covelo, CA
When: Date: 8-30-13 Time: 2:45 PM
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: People of State
Victim #2: Juvenile 7 Covelo, CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Melody I. Scroggins 36 Covelo. CA
Written by: Sergeant Mike Davis
Synopsis: On 8-30-13 at approximately 2:45 PM, Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office initiated a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Tahoe on Hwy 162 near the Redwood Oil Station in Covelo. The vehicle had license plate tabs which expired in 2010.

As the Deputy contacted the female driver, Melody Scroggins, age 36, of Covelo, he noticed she exhibited symptoms of stimulant influence, leading the deputy to investigate further. Scroggins admitted to recently using methamphetamine. Scroggins' seven year-old daughter was also in the vehicle at the time.

A plastic container in her purse held four small baggies of suspected methamphetamine. Elsewhere in her vehicle a pipe used to smoke methamphetamine and a straw used to snort methamphetamine were located. Because the drugs were readily accessible to her child inside her car, Scroggins was also arrested for child endangerment. Scroggins was lodged into the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $10,000.00. The child's father responded to the scene and took custody of his daughter.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani