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Press Release - UPD Case #23-0970 - Felon in Possession of Firearm

Date: 05/15/2023
Location: 1200 block South State Street
Suspect: Tobias Wood
Violations: 11351 HS- Possession of controlled substance for sale Felony
29800(a)(1) PC- Felon in possession of firearm Felony
31360(a) PC- Felon in possession of body armor Felony

On 05/15/2023, at approximately 0930 hours, a UPD Officer contacted a suspicious vehicle parked in a parking lot of several businesses on South State Street. The vehicle was occupied by a male identified as 29-year-old, Ukiah transient, Tobias Wood. Upon contact, the Officer began conducting an investigation as Wood appeared to be acting suspicious and appeared under the influence of drugs.

After a conversation with Wood, the Officer noticed Wood had picked up a piece of tin foil which contained suspected fentanyl inside of it. Wood was detained and the investigation lead to a search of his person and 26 more grams of suspected fentanyl was located on his person. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid and is a major factor in the drug overdose epidemic in the United States.

The Officer continued investigating further and located a Winchester .22 long rifle in the back seat of the vehicle along with a Police style ballistic vest that had bullet proof panels inside of it. Wood had a long history of arrests and had prior felony convictions that made him a prohibited person from possessing firearms and body armor. Wood was booked into the Mendocino County Jail for the above listed charges.

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