Missing Front License Plate Leads to Arrest, Says Humboldt County Sheriff’s Dept.

Winkle White mugshotThis is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

On Monday, November 14, 2016 at about 3:55 p.m. a Humboldt County Deputy Sheriff observed a white Chevrolet pickup truck without a front license plate parked on Singley Rd in Loleta. The deputy contacted the two occupants in the vehicle and identified the driver as Winkle Edward White (32). White was unable to provide deputies with his driver’s license, proof of insurance or vehicle registration. It was discovered White had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. White was detained while deputies conducted a registration check on the vehicle which was reported stolen out of Eureka.

The passenger of the vehicle, Richard Lyle Sanderson (53), was escorted out of the vehicle and detained. Deputies observed in plain sight clear baggies containing suspected methamphetamine. A search of the vehicle revealed a loaded rifle behind the drivers’ seat, additional drug paraphernalia, ammunition, suspected heroin, packaged marijuana and a functioning law enforcement scanner. Neither White nor Sanderson had a medical marijuana recommendation for the packaged marijuana.

Sanderson was arrested for possession of a narcotic controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was released at the scene with a citation.

White was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle, possession of stolen property, being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, selling/furnishing marijuana, driving with a suspended license, improper display of license plates, possession of a law enforcement radio scanner and his outstanding warrant. White was taken to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for the above listed charges. His bail was set at $50,000.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

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