Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 11378 HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale], 11379 HS [Transportation of a Controlled Substance for Sale], 12022.1 PC [Commit Felony while Released on Bail or on Own Recognizance]
Report Number:
2014-8334    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
11378 HS [Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale], 11379 HS [Transportation of a Controlled Substance for Sale], 12022.1 PC [Commit Felony while Released on Bail or on Own Recognizance]
Location:
17000 Block Boice Lane, Fort Bragg Ca.
When: Date: 04-02-2014 Time: 10:52 P.M.
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: State of California
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Steven Claus 39 Fort Bragg, Ca.
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 04-02-2014, Deputies were actively looking for suspect Steven Claus, who was wanted on four outstanding arrest warrants for possession of a controlled substance for sale, violation of probation and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. Claus was also out on release/bail pending trial for criminal matters.

At approximately 10:52 P.M., Deputies initiated a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle being operated by Claus in the 17000 block of Boice Lane in Fort Bragg. Deputies ultimately arrested Claus and a search of his person and vehicle was conducted incident to that arrest.

During said search, Deputies located two hypodermic syringes on Clausís person. One of the syringes was loaded with a clear substance. Deputies then located a clear plastic bag containing a white crystalline substance and a .22 caliber BB gun under the front driverís seat. The substance in the bag field-tested presumptive positive for amphetamine and had a gross field weight of 8.3 grams.

Claus was transported and booked into the Mendocino County Jail. Claus is being held in lieu of $50,000.00 bail for the open charges and $265,000.00 bail for the four warrants.
Approved By: Lieutenant Greg Stefani