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Expired car tags lead to drug arrest
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A Modesto man was discovered to have 8.5 grams of methamphetamine in his car as he was pulled over on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 15 in Ceres for having expired license plate tags.

Officer Kevin Sakasegawa was on patrol at 3:44 p.m. when he followed a vehicle from Ceres to North Ninth Street. Officer Sakasegawa made a stop on the vehicle on S. Morton Avenue and 11th Street in Modesto. 

Officer Sakasegawa spoke to driver Steven McGregor, 33, of Modesto was acted nervous and sweated profusely. A records check through dispatch revealed McGregor had three misdemeanor warrants for his arrest from the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Office, Modesto Police Department, and the Ripon Police Department. McGregor was also on searchable probation for drugs and possessing a baton.

McGregor admitted to possessing a small amount of methamphetamine in his front right pants pocket. A search revealed a small grey container in his front right pants pocket. Inside the container was a small amount of crystal methamphetamine.

A search of the car turned up a zip-lock bag containing a larger amount of methamphetamine. The total weight of all the methamphetamine located was 8.5 grams.

McGregor admitted that the substances were indeed methamphetamine and that he admitted being chronic user but forgot he had the larger baggie in the glove compartment.

McGregor was arrested and transported to the Stanislaus Public Safety Center where he was booked for possession of a controlled substance and the warrants.