On the morning of Tuesday, October 20, a Santa Clarita Sheriff Station deputy patrolling McBean made a routine traffic stop after noticing a motorist with a broken tail light. After questioning the motorist and passenger, the deputy learned that the passenger was on active parole, so the deputy initiated a parole compliance search.
After searching the passenger, the deputy discovered “several individual containers of narcotics,” brass knuckles, and other drug paraphernalia. Upon searching the driver, the deputy discovered more individual packets of narcotics and drug paraphernalia.
The passenger, A. Skinner of Lancaster, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sales, felon in possession of brass knuckles, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked into the SCV Sheriff Station in lieu of $81,000 bail.
The driver, D. Surplice, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was booked at the SCV Sheriff Station and held in lieu of $61,000 bail.
Sale and transportation of a controlled substance is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11352 HS and is described as selling drugs, transporting drugs with the intent to sell them, furnishing or administering drugs to another person, giving controlled substances away, and offering to do any of the previously listed acts.
11352 HS is a felony in California that is punishable by 3 to 9 years in jail and a fine of up to $20,000. Certain aggravating factors can influence the punishment of those convicted. Selling drugs to minors or transporting certain quantities of narcotics can qualify as aggravating factors.
Possession of drug paraphernalia is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11364 HS and is described as possessing any device, instrument, or paraphernalia used for unlawfully injecting or smoking a controlled substance. 11364 HS is a misdemeanor in California that is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.