Over a quarter pound of methamphetamine was seized by police Thursday evening from a car which flagged an officer's interest for expired registration tags.
At 11:06 p.m. Officer Justin Canatsy was traveling behind a moving black Chevy Monte Carlo and radioed in the license plate. The driver pulled into the driveway at 1769 Northwood Heights. After the officer passed by the vehicle, he received word that the registration had expired. Canatsy parked behind the car and saw the driver standing at the front door of the house. He recognized the driver as James Garcia, 26, of Ceres, for prior contacts and knew him to be on active probation.
Officer Jesus Salinas arrived to assist. Garcia told the officers that he knew the people at the house, which turned out to be untrue. Salinas looked inside the car and saw a large bag of meth sitting on the driver's seat. Officer Coey Henson arrived with his canine to conduct a search of the car. The dog found a second bag of meth.
Garcia was arrested and charged with possession of methamphetamine for sales and transportation of methamphetamine.