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Meth found in search of vehicle at Dunnigan rest stop

Three Southern California residents are in custody after nearly 17 pounds of methamphetamine were found in their vehicle, Yolo County sheriff’s officials said.

At 7:05 a.m. Tuesday, a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy contacted the occupants of a vehicle parked in the northbound Dunnigan rest stop off Interstate 5, after noticing that the vehicle’s registration was expired. The person in the driver’s seat was unable to identify the registered owner of the vehicle but claimed the group was en route to Washington from Riverside to have repairs done on the car, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The deputy continued to investigate and eventually conducted a search of the vehicle, finding 16.67 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the car, sheriff’s officials said.

Arrested were Ceciebel Ortiz, 27, and Fernando Jimenez, 29, both of Riverside, and Jesus Castro, 33, of Ontario. All were arrested and booked into Yolo County jail on suspicion of transportation of methamphetamine and conspiracy.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy