Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Guerneville man for possession of methamphetamine last week when he showed up for a court appearance in Santa Rosa.
About 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 10 deputies were notified by court security screeners that a man just passed through the courthouse metal detectors and, while going through his belongings, they found a folded up piece of paper inside a cigarette package. In the paper was a white powdery substance, said Sgt. Spencer Crum in a media report.
Deputies determined the substance found on Guerneville resident Michael Knowles was about five grams of methamphetamine. When they questioned Knowles, 61 who was on probation, they detected evidence of alcohol use.
“Knowles denied any knowledge of the meth, stating he wouldn’t bring drugs to court,” said Crum’s report. “However, when the deputies further examined the paper packaging, they noticed it was a receipt from a CVS Pharmacy with Knowles’ name on it.”
Knowles, whose address was listed as “transient, Guerneville,” has prior convictions for illegal camping and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. Knowles was escorted from the courthouse into the nearby county jail where he was booked for possession of methamphetamine and violation of his probation, said the sheriff’s report.