Ripon officer Raul Hernandez was on routine patrol when he discovered a large stash of meth after coming across suspicious activity at a freeway service station over the weekend.
Two bags of crystal methamphetamine representing one kilo or 2.2 pounds of the drug were reportedly located in a computer bag at a Shell station at the northbound off ramp of Highway 99 Saturday night. That led to the arrest of Richard San Agustin Reyes, II, 37, of Salinas on the initial charge of possession of a controlled substance.
The meth was found in a red pickup truck where the owner appeared to be working on his ignition. Police also located forged checks, a printer, scanner, laptop computer and hundreds of blank checks that were seized in the investigation, according to Lt. Steve Merchant.
Reyes was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges that included possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, forgery, possession of forged notes and possession of forged checks.
Reyes will appear in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court today at 1:25 p.m. on the three felonies and two misdemeanors.