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Meth, cash seized in Goober Gap raid
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TRINITY – Two large bags of methamphetamines and $920 in cash were seized last week during a joint investigation and raid conducted by the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department and Trinity Police Department. Jerolyn Potters, 47, of Trinity was being held this week on bonds totaling $145,000 by the sheriff’s department on felony charges of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance in a detention facility. The raid of a Goober Gap residence south of Trinity occurred after the Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones received a tip about drugs being sold out of a mobile home in the area. “Because it was outside the city, I contacted the sheriff’s department and we began a join investigation,” Jones said. Sheriff Ralph Montemayor noted information obtained during the investigation allowed them to raid the residence at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27. Criminal Investigator Ronnie Hunt and other deputies were joined by Jones, Sgt. Tommy Park and Officer John Raiford from the Trinity Police Department. Potters was taken into custody without incident after deputies discovered two large baggies contained what was believed to be methamphetamines. Montemayor said they had a street value of about $900. The sheriff said the deputies also seized a firearm and $920 in cash found in the vicinity of the suspected drugs. “The deputies took her back to the Trinity Police Department after the arrest and while there they found a small amount of drugs hidden on her person,” the sheriff said. That is what led to the second charge of possession of a controlled substance in a detention facility, he said. Racers arrested In other local police action, a 20-year-old man and a 16-year-old juvenile were taken into custody following an apparent high-speed race south on Highway 19 in Trinity. Christopher Adams, 20, of Trinity was charged with the misdemeanor offense of racing on a highway. The juvenile was transferred into the custody of the Trinity County Juvenile Services. If convicted, Adams could face up to six months in the county jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000. “Plus, because it’s a Class B misdemeanor, a conviction will go on his criminal record and could follow him for the rest of his life,” Jones said. The incident began about 2:15 on Tuesday, July 20, when Jones and Park spotted two pickup trucks moving a high rate of speed south on Highway 19. The officers pursued the pickup and clock them at speeds in excess of 90 miles per hour before stopping them on the south side of city. “We are seeing this happening more and more. Juveniles and young adults like to race on South Highway 19 because it’s both straight and a four-lane road. That means they can run side-by-side,” he said. The two trucks included a Dodge dually and a Ford one-ton pickup, Jones said both trucks had “high performance” chips installed, which will allow them to reach speeds of up to 130 or 140 mph. “Parents need to be aware of what is going on. If their child has installed or wants to install one of these chips, they should really think twice,” he said. “These trucks can weigh between 9,000 and 10,000 pounds and if they hit someone while racing at high speeds, they could easily kill them,” Jones warned.