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2 California men arrested on drug charges

August 31, 2018

Two California men were arrested July 27 on drug-related charges, pursuant to a traffic stop.

The stop took place near the intersection of West Acoma Boulevard and State Route 95, where officers allegedly observed a car operated by 57-year-old Robert W. Dilbeck, of Fresno, to be driving in excess of the speed limit. According to the report, officers detected the odor of marijuana within the vehicle during the traffic stop.

Dilbeck and his passenger, 49-year-old Fresno resident Michael J. Johnson were asked to exit the vehicle as officers took their statements, the report said. Dillbeck allegedly told officers that two marijuana cigarettes were in the vehicle. A search of the vehicle additionally yielded a bag containing suspected marijuana, four pills of unknown composition and three plastic bindles containing suspected heroin. Also discovered, according to the report, was a glass pipe containing suspected heroin residue.

Officers suspected the bag and pipe belonged to Johnson, as they were allegedly discovered in close proximity to where Johnson had been sitting. Johnson declined to speak to officers about the bag’s contents without the presence of an attorney, the report said.

Johnson was arrested on felony charges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Dilbeck was arrested on misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and driving with a suspended license.

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