Driver runs red light; 100 pounds of marijuana, other drugs found in car

Shasta County sheriff’s deputies said they arrested a Shasta Lake woman on Friday night after she ran a red light and a large quantity of drugs were found in her car.

Deputies found over 100 pounds of marijuana, seven grams of methamphetamines, nine grams of cocaine, 298 prescription pain pills and more than $10,000 in the vehicle driven by 48-year-old Rebecca Lyons, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies also found evidence indicating the narcotics were being sold, a press release said.

Lyons’ vehicle was searched after she ran a red light while driving south on Highway 273, deputies said. A deputy from the South County Patrol Station had been going east on Clear Creek Road and was stopped before entering its intersection with Highway 273.

From the intersection, the deputy saw the southbound Highway 273 traffic light turn red and Lyons’ silver Nissan Armada failed to stop, according to the press release. The deputy had to take emergency evasive action to avoid a collision and later stopped the vehicle.

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The deputy saw a large amount of marijuana throughout the car, the sheriff’s office said.

Lyons was arrested on suspicion of transporting a controlled substance for sale, possessing methamphetamines for sale, possessing methamphetamines, transporting and possessing for sale a dangerous drug, transportation and possession of marijuana for sales, according to the sheriff office’s press.

Nada Atieh is a Report For America corps member and education reporter focusing on childhood trauma and the achievement gap for the Redding Record Searchlight. Follow her on Twitter at @nadatieh_RS. Help local journalism thrive by subscribing today! And if you are able, please consider a tax-deductible gift toward her work.

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