FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
SUSPECT ARRESTED WITH OVER 50 POUNDS OF MARIJUANA IN RIPON
RiponCA: On 04-12-13, at approximately 0700 hours, Ripon officers were dispatched to the 800 block of Zumstein Drive regarding a report of large garbage bags, full of marijuana at a residence. Upon arrival, officers located multiple trash bags of suspected marijuana. Detectives were called to the scene to assist in the investigation. “Kilo” the department’s new drug detection dog was utilized in a search of the suspect’s vehicle. Over 50 pounds of marijuana was seized from the residence, with an estimated street value of over $15,000.
Donald Robert Smith (25) of Ripon was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges that included manufacturing a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for sale. A vehicle and cash were seized as part of an asset forfeiture investigation. Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, no further information will be released at this time.
P.I.O. – First – Sgt. Steve Merchant
Ripon Police Department
259 N. Wilma Ave.
Ripon, CA 95336