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Couple nabbed for drug trafficking

March 31, 2011

A routine traffic stop Monday on U.S. 395 near Manzanar led to the arrest of two Southern California residents on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamine through Inyo County on their way to Carson City.
According to the Inyo County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol officers clocked Victoria Wood, 38, and her passenger Joseph Navetta, 41, both of the Long Beach area, traveling in excess of 100 miles per hour in a silver Jaguar sedan at about 7 a.m. Monday.
The officer gave chase, but due to the Jaguar’s high rate of speed, he was unable to catch the vehicle until it reached Fort Independence.
“The officer determined that the driver, Wood, had a suspended driver’s license and was a parolee who was wanted on a felony warrant,” a press release from the Inyo Narcotic Enforcement Team states. “The warrant also considered her armed and dangerous.”
Wood had been convicted and served time in prison for attempted murder, kidnapping and torture.
Due to the notification that the Wood was possibly armed and dangerous, the CHP officer called for back-up before investigating further.
A search of the Jaguar, which belonged to Navetta, the passenger, who is also a parolee, allegedly revealed more than six-and-a-half ounces of methamphetamine “along with a mobile drug sales operation,” the press release states.
An INET agent said it appeared the couple were on their way to the Carson City area. “They had the equipment to deal drugs right out of their car,” the agent said.
Wood and Navetta were arrested for alleged transportation, possession and possession for sale of a controlled substance. They were booked into Inyo County Jail.
Navetta’s bail was set at $250,000 and Wood was refused bail.
The case was turned over to INET for further investigation.

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