TYPE OF EVENT: Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, Transportation of a Controlled Substance and Felony Warrant Arrest.
LOCATION: 900 Blk of S. China Lake Blvd.
CHARGES: HS 11378 – Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale, HS 11379(a) – Transportation of Controlled Substance, HS 11364 – Paraphernalia, Felony Warrant Arrest x 4
SUSPECT: Stephanie Marie Shelton – 56 year old Ridgecrest resident.
On 01/18/18, at about 2025 hours, Detective Cushman contacted the Ridgecrest Police Department while off-duty and stated he had observed Stephanie Shelton in a green Honda at the ARCO Gas Station (935 S. China Lake Blvd.). Shelton was wanted for 4 Felony Warrants (2- no bail and 155k bail for the other 2) for charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale and Identity Theft. Sgt. Tucker responded to the area and located Shelton as she was about to leave the gas station. Shelton was placed under arrest and a probation search was conducted. During the search, an envelope containing 10,000 dollars of U.S. currency in numerous denominations, approximately 6 grams of Methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe (Paraphernalia) was located inside the vehicle.
Due to the large amount of U.S. currency and the Methamphetamine, it was determined Shelton was in possession of the Methamphetamine and currency for the purpose of controlled substance sales and transportation.
During the investigation, Det. Harlow initiated an Asset Forfeiture case and seized the U.S. currency. The currency is being held pending a decision from the Kern County District Attorney’s Office on the forfeiture.
Shelton was transported and booked into Central Receiving Facility – Bakersfield, Ca. Shelton is currently held without bail for her warrants and open charges.
Jed McLaughlin, Chief of Police
PREPARED BY: Sgt. A. Tucker
January 19th, 2018