Valencia Man Behind Bars For Drug Possession
A Valencia man is in jail after he was pulled over for driving erratically near Newhall Park.
Richard Clarke, 26, was found to be under the influence of marijuana when he was stopped at 9:15 p.m. Thursday on Dalby Drive in Newhall. During a search of his car, deputies found marijuana, heroin and $6,500 cash. In addition, two pounds of marijuana that appeared to have been packaged for sale was found in the trunk.
He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance for sale, which is a felony.
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Deputies on the Community Interaction Team from the Santa Clarita Valley station served a warrant on Clarke's home on Avenida Balita in Valencia shortly after 3:30 a.m. Friday and found four grams of heroin, 50 Oxycontin pills and live ammunition, increasing the severity of the charges he is facing. Because of a prior conviction, the possession of ammunition is also a felony.
Clarke is in custody at SCValley Sheriff’s station in lieu of $20,000 bail. He is due to appear in court on Monday.