Press Releases

Press Release - UPD Case #24-0242 - Possession of a Loaded Firearm

Date: 02/07/2024  

Location: 550 East Perkins Street, Ukiah (Ross Dress for Less)

Victim(s): People of The State of California

Suspect(s): Jessie Edward Slotte 38-Year-Old Ukiah male.

Violation(s):  11370.1 H&S – Possession of a Loaded Firearm while in Possession of a Controlled Substance (Felony).

29800(a)(1) PC - Possession of a Firearm by a Prohibited Person (Felony).

30305(a)(1) PC - Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person (Felony).

148(a)(1) PC – Resisting/Delaying Arrest (Misdemeanor).

Misdemeanor Arrest Warrant (MCSO warrant). 


On 02/07/24 at approximately 1000 hours a Ukiah Police Department (UPD) Sergeant observed a dark-colored pickup truck driving erratically in the 600 block of North Orchard Avenue, Ukiah. The UPD Sergeant also observed multiple California Vehicle Code equipment violations on the pickup truck. 

As the pickup truck pulled into the Ross Dress for Less parking lot at 550 East Perkins Street, a traffic enforcement stop was initiated, and the pickup came to a stop in the middle of the parking lot.  The driver, later identified as Jessie Edward Slotte, rapidly exited the vehicle and began berating the UPD Sergeant.  Slotte was ordered back into his vehicle, where he continued to fail to comply with instructions.  

Additional UPD Officers arrived to assist, and a records check through UPD Dispatch on Slotte revealed that there was an active warrant for his arrest out of Mendocino County (MCSO) for being a prohibited person in possession of ammunition.  Slotte was asked to step out of the vehicle, to which he failed to comply.

After several minutes Slotte was escorted out of the vehicle, and during a subsequent search of his person Slotte was found to be in possession of both suspected methamphetamine and cocaine.  A search of Slotte’s vehicle then yielded approximately 12 grams of suspected methamphetamine, approximately eighty (80) rounds of ammunition in a variety of calibers, and a loaded .22 caliber revolver.  Slotte was arrested for the above-listed charges and booked into the Mendocino County Jail.

As always, UPD’s mission is to make Ukiah as safe a place as possible. If you would like to know more about crime in your neighborhood, you can sign up for telephone, cellphone, and email notifications by clicking the Nixle button on our website;