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Suspicious vehicle results in trespassing arrest, drug discovery


Last updated 1/14/2021 at 11:19am

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office

This drug paraphernalia was recovered from a suspicious vehicle following a tip from a concerned citizen.

WILBUR—A citizen informing Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office deputy Kurt Cuzzetto of a suspicious vehicle parked south of town resulted in an arrest on charges of criminal trespassing and driving with a suspended license and drugs being uncovered in the vehicle.

John A. Long, 42, of Moses Lake, was arrested Dec. 31, 2020 on two charges of criminal trespassing and three charges of driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was booked into Lincoln County Jail.

According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Cuzzetto located the vehicle and found the driver, Long, and a female passenger, who claimed they had run out of gas and were awaiting help. Cuzzetto left but stayed in the area. 10 minutes later, the sheriff’s office received a call from the same citizen that the male had run his vehicle through that citizen’s fence, according to the release.

Cuzzetto found Long trying to dig the car out of the citizen’s driveway and detained him while requesting a tow for the vehicle. Long then began yelling in the back of Cuzzetto’s vehicle, saying if there was something illegal in the vehicle, it was dropped or planted there by someone else, according to the release.

Cuzzetto saw what appeared to be drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle, and it was sealed and impounded pending a search warrant, which was granted. The search warrant yielded approximately 11 grams of apparent methamphetamine, over 100 grams of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia, including multiple meth pipes.

In addition to the aforementioned charges, Long was cited for a driving violation. The apparent methamphetamine was sent to the state patrol crime lab for analysis, according to the release.

Long was no longer listed on the county jail roster by press time. Any updates will be made when available.


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