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Forgery investigation ends with drug arrests
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TRINITY – What began as an investigation into possible check forgery ended last week with two people in custody on drug charges. Wendy Sue Robinson and Robert Clayton were arrested Wednesday, Oct. 17, by Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones on felony possession of controlled substance charges. Robinson was released the following day after posting a $15,000 bond while Clayton, whose bond also was set at $15,000, was transferred into the custody of the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department. Jones and Officer Felix Morales went to the Trinity Pawn Shop around 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 to investigate the possible passing of a forged check. When they arrived, they found a male suspect inside the store attempting to pass a check and were alerted by store personnel that he had arrived in a white van being driven by a woman. Jones said he stepped outside the pawnshop and spotted the suspect vehicle backing out of a parking spot on Main Street. “When I motioned for the woman to stop, she took off,” Jones said. The police chief said he got into his patrol car and, after a short chase, managed to stop the van on Elm Street. Inside the vehicle, officers subsequently found three crack cocaine rocks, several pipes used to smoke crack and a quantity of synthetic marijuana. Drug sting In other police activity, a undercover joint investigation with the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office resulted in the arrest of two men on drug charges. Mark Romero, 22, of Trinity was charged with manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamines) while Jose Montoya, 29, was arrested on possession of drug paraphernalia. The arrests were made by Pct. 1 Constable Woody Wallace Friday at a residence on Stepp Street off Trinlady Park Road. Both Wallace and Jones said additional arrests are expected to be made as a result of the undercover investigation.