Man Blocks Officers, Drops Drug Evidence, Police Claim at Preliminary Hearing


By Delilah Hammons

WOODLAND, CA – A man accused of heroin possession and resisting a peace officer apparently used his feet, not only to try to interfere with officers, but also to accidentally provide potential evidence of a crime for those officers, according to West Sacramento Police Dept. testimony here in Yolo County Superior Court this week.

In a preliminary hearing for James Marcus Griffith, three officers testified about the night that Griffith was arrested for possession of heroin and resisting a public officer.

Officers testified they approached Griffith outside a gas station, searched him and the car he previously exited.

Officers swore they found, in his possession, a bag of heroin that was roughly 21.4 grams, and in a separate black backpack were two functional digital scales with a heroin-like substance—which was later tested and came back positive for heroin.

While trying to arrest and seat the defendant in a transport van, officers said it took 15 minutes of asking the accused to sit down—and when he did sit down, he “stuck his feet out in order to prevent us from closing the door,” said Peace Officer Seth Killian. Officers later detained the accused with a “wrap.”

In the process of arresting Griffith dropped a clear, half-gram bag of methamphetamine, officers charged.

Expert witness, West Sacramento Officer Nazariy Yakimchuk said that in his opinion “when [the accused] has 21.4 grams of heroin whether he has cash or not is indicative of sales when he has scales as well.”

Judge Timothy L. Fall ruled that there is enough evidence to proceed with this case and go to trial.


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