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This is why they search your house

Demonstrating a certain failure to grasp the meaning of searchable probation, yet another probationer was utterly unprepared for a visit from the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office when deputies dropped in unannounced on Jan. 16.

Benjamin Zaragoza, 24, was at his residence in the 17900 block of Highlands Boulevard when the deputies arrived and apparently didn’t have time to tidy the place up, so to speak. That much was clear when deputies found a whole trove of items that a probationer shouldn’t possess, including alcohol, marijuana, ammunition, a BB gun with the orange tip removed, a 1911-style pistol, a loaded shotgun, cash and what was described as a large amount of methamphetamine.

Zaragoza was arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, felony possession of a controlled substance for sale, felony possession of marijuana for sale, felony maintaining a place to sell narcotic controlled substances and felony possession of a loaded firearm while in possession of a controlled substance. He was also charged with a misdemeanor probation violation and a scanner violation.

Zaragoza was booked into the county jail.

In other incidents reported recently to Valley law enforcement:


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