Tinted windows lead to arrest

On Nov. 11 at approximately 9:45 p.m., deputies from the Mendocino County sheriff’s office were on routine patrol when they observed a vehicle traveling on Hwy. 101 near Laytonville. The vehicle had illegally tinted windows in violation of vehicle code section 26708. Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the male driver, John Denney, age 36, of McKinleyville.

K-9 deputy Ben was on scene and alerted to the exterior of the vehicle, indicating the presence of drugs in the car. During the search of the vehicle deputies located four large, empty rubberized "sea bag" type duffle bags, often used to transport marijuana.

They also found one pound of bud marijuana, numerous documents that showed marijuana sales and transactions, a taser, and more than $130,000. Denney was arrested, without incident, transported and booked into the Mendocino County jail for possession and transportation of marijuana and possession of money intended for a drug transaction.

Denny’s bail was set at $50,000. He posted bail and was released.