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Napa Police Blotter: Drugs, DUI Arrests

Arrest information from the City of Napa Police Department does not indicate convictions.

A couple was busted on drug charges after a Napa police officer stopped the car they were riding in for possible vehicle code violations, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department.

Around 4 p.m., Wednesday, the officer pulled over the vehicle on West Imola Avenue and Highway 29.

The driver, Ryan Hofman, 18, a transient, is on probation and wanted on a outstanding Sonoma County warrant, police said.

Hofman’s probation terms mandate he must submit to search and seizure.

Lexy Ann Wetterling, 21, a transient, was a passenger in the car. She consented to let the officer search her purse, where he found methamphetamine, according to police.

A search of the vehicle also uncovered more meth, police said.

Hofman and Wetterling both claimed to possessing the drug and knowledge that the meth was in her purse, police said.

The pair was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and booked into the Napa County Department of Corrections.

Police took Timothy Cheshire into custody Wednesday after they found him inside a residence in the 100 block of Golden Gate Drive, according to an arrest summary.

The current resident had moved out and left some of his belongings and valuables inside the home, police said.

Cheshire, who is on probation, was found to be in possession of a glass smoking pipe and burnt residue used for smoking controlled substances, police said.

Cheshire, 35, of Napa, was arrested on suspicion of drug charges and burglary (entering the home) and booked into the NCDC.

Manuel Ochoa was taken into custody after police stopped the vehicle he was driving for a code violation, according to an arrest summary.

After the officer stopped Ochoa’s vehicle around 11 p.m. Sunday in the 1100 block of Trancas Avenue, he noticed Ochoa showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol, according to the summary.

Ochoa was evaluated by the officer and determined to be DUI, police said.

Ochoa is on probation for a prior DUI and was also arrested on suspicion of driving on a suspended drivers license. He was booked into the NCDC.

On Nov. 30, two Napa men were arrested on suspicion of drug charges after police discovered them in the Pearl Street Garage trying to get out of the rain, according to an arrest summary.

The men, Jacob Foux, 20, and Chad Pallett, 36, of Napa are both on probation with search and seizure terms, police said.

Upon searching them, officers found a meth pipe with a usable amount of the drug in the pipe on Foux, police said, adding, Pallett possessed a bottle of liquor, which is a violation of his probation terms to abstain from the use of alcohol, the press release said.

Foux was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and booked into NCDC.

A report will be filed with the district attorney’s office seeking a complaint against Pallett, police added.

Also on Nov. 30, police stopped Manuel Alvarez, 32, of Napa on a vehicle code violation on Solano Avenue, near Lincoln Avenue, the press release said

While talking to Alvarez, the officer said he showed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance, police said.

After evaluating Alvarez’s condition, the officer determined him to being under the influence of drugs, the press release said.

The officer also found Alvarez to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a glass smoking pipe, police said.

Alvarez was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, under the influence of meth and violation of probation.

He was booked into the NCDC.

Arrest information does not indicate convictions. For the latest reports on crime and arrests in the Napa Valley, please see our Police & Fire section, available from the News tab above and at napavalley.patch.com/police-fire.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau December 09, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Sarcasm. Nice! The bastion of those with half an argument. Don't get me wrong, Tom, Dan Monez was a benefit to the Napa community as police chief. We just have different perspectives.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
I moved to Napa from Detroit in 1988 I grew up under Dan Monezs NPD I have spent my share of time breaking the traffic laws of this town. I have late nights with friends at the grapeyard. I have never been harassed By NPD or NSO. I have always respected our police. Out of 6 times I have been stopped I have never got a ticket. Not all cops are bad or out to get everyone. Yes the police have changed in the last 50 yrs it is called the union
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 09, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Lori I am proud our local cops arrest for the small stuff. It means there doing there job. I agree the system needs change. I will pay taxes all day long to allow the police to do its job
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 09, 2012 at 09:44 PM
@Lorie, I agree that marijuana in the hands of anyone who's brain is still developing is dangerous. I only approve of marijuana as a medicinal medication, and believe it should be reclassified to allow research to be conducted in USA. For now the only research available is from other countries. Let me rephrase my question regarding marijuana to an adult selling a small amount of pot to another adult vrs an adult selling method or cocaine etc, to another adult. Do you feel that they should carry the same criminal penalty's and sentences? I don't think that a person in possession/use of pot should be treated the same as a person using method either. Locking either one away is an inefficient use of tax dollars.
Belle (Orchid Lady) December 09, 2012 at 09:45 PM
My Nexus keeps changing meth to method. Sorry.

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