Recently, a woman was arrested in Santa Clarita after deputies noticed narcotics and a scale in her car. According to reports, deputies came upon two people sitting in a vehicle at the Park and Ride in Santa Clarita. It was late at night, so the deputies wanted to make sure everything was okay with the people in the car.
The driver and passenger claimed they were waiting there for someone to bring them engine parts to fix their vehicle. However, deputies noticed a bag of what looked like heroin sitting in the vehicle. After a search of the vehicle was conducted, deputies found a “large quantity” of narcotics and a scale. The suspect, S. Garcia, 31, was arrested and taken to the Santa Clarita Sheriff Station for booking and processing. She’s currently being held in lieu of $31,250 bail.
Possession of narcotics for sale is covered under California Health and Safety Code 11351 HS. It makes it illegal to be in possession of certain substances (including cocaine, heroin, LSD, Oxycodone, and others) with the intent to sell them.
To prove that someone has the intent of selling the controlled substance(s) they are found to be in possession of, police look at a variety of factors such as the amount, the presence of a scale, separate packaging (baggies), large amounts of cash (especially in small denominations), and people constantly coming and going from the individual’s residence.
Violations of HS 11351 are felonies and carry the potential penalties of probation and up to 1 year in county jail, or 2 to 4 years in county jail and/or a fine of up to $20,000.