Deputies find familiar faces at familiar house
Drug habits are notoriously hard to break, and so is the habit of drug users to congregate in familiar places to nurse their addictions. That habit, however, makes it easier for police to locate and arrest dealers and users of illegal drugs, and deputies from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office have found a rich vein to mine in a house on Hyde Road.
During a probation search at the residence on Tuesday, Sheriff's deputies made three arrests, one involving a Sonoma woman who was charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, the same charge on which she was arrested in April, at the same house.
According to Sgt. Greg Stashyn, with the Sheriff's Valley substation, deputies from the substation along with others from the Property Crimes Unit went to the residence in the 21000 block of Hyde Road to conduct the search, looked through a travel trailer where the woman was staying, and found materials commonly used to repackage methamphetamine, along with a digital scale and some of the drug itself.
Deputies arrested the 51-year-old occupant of the trailer, Naomi L. Mallinen, on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and a felony probation violation.
Mallinen was arrested at the same residence on April 27 on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance without a prescription and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Also arrested in Tuesday's probation search was Aleta Samuels, 41, of Sonoma; and Michael Harmon, 40, of Sonoma.
Samuels was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Harmon, who is on probation on three different cases, was found to be in possession of three knives. As a term of his probation, Harmon is not to be in possession of any weapons. Harmon was charged with a felony probation violation and a misdemeanor probation violation.