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Traffic stop nets three on felony drug charges

April 29, 2013

Raymond L Rodriguez, Toni Lorell Zarate and ky Ta were arrested early Monday morning for alleged transportation of narcotics for sale. The three are being held at Inyo County Jail on multiple charges. Photos courtesy Bishop Police Department

A traffic stop for a “minor traffic infraction” has landed three Southern California residents in jail on felony charges.
The Bishop Police Department announced late Monday afternoon the early-morning arrests of Raymond Louis Rodriguez, 25, of Upland, Toni Lorell Zarate, 27, of Azusa, and Ky Ta, 38, of Alta Loma, on numerous drug-related charges – including transporting and possessing controlled substances for the purposes of selling them.
According to a PD press release, a vehicle driven by Rodriguez was stopped at the intersection of North Sierra Highway and South Barlow Lane at about 1:24 a.m. by a PD officer. “During the contact a search of the vehicle was conducted,” the press release states, which uncovered a scale, plastic containers, stash cans, packaging materials and “numerous illegal narcotics.”
In all, according to the PD, officers located 126 MDMA pills, 100 hydrocodone pills, 14 testosterone pills, 7.4 grams cocaine and 184 grams of marijuana.
Rodriguez, Zarate and Ty were taken into custody for alleged possession of concentrated cannabis (hash), possession of more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of narcotics controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance.
All three suspects were transported to the Inyo County Jail and are currently awaiting arraignment.

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