Sonora, CA — A local woman faces drug sales charges following a deputy’s predawn traffic stop.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Andrea Benson, Joanne Levern Lacy of Sonora, age 58, was arrested just after 4 a.m. Sunday shortly after the deputy pulled over a red Dodge Durango on Chicken Ranch Road at Table Mountain Road in Jamestown for expired registration.
The deputy reported three people inside the vehicle. A records check showed the driver had a suspended license and one of the passengers was on probation for drug charges. It was during a vehicle search that deputies found over 27 grams of methamphetamine in Lacy’s purse. She was taken to Tuolumne County Jail and booked on a charge of possessing a controlled substance for sale and assigned a $15,000 bond.
Sgt. Benson adds that the Durango was towed away as the driver was issued a citation for driving with a suspended license, not having valid registration, and not having proof of insurance.