Jessica Cejnar Andrews / Tuesday, July 5 @ 12:16 p.m. / Crime

Officers Arrest Duo at Safeway on Shoplifting, Methamphetamine Possession Charges; Male Subject Also Charged With Felony Possession of a Firearm


Officers responding to a shoplifting call at Safeway early Friday morning arrested a 31-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman after finding a gram-and-a-half of methamphetamine, multiple methamphetamine smoking devices and a switchblade.

The Crescent City Police Department also charged the 31-year-old, Chason Pope, with felony possession of a gun after finding a 9mm Smith & Wesson handgun that allegedly belonged to him, Chief Richard Griffin told the Wild Rivers Outpost.

According to Griffin, Safeway staff allegedly identified Pope and Lynzee Ledford as the people who were stealing at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. During an investigation of their vehicle, CCPD’s K9, Lt. Kai, alerted officers to the presence of narcotics. Officers also found a meth pipe in plain view.


Pope was booked into the Del Norte County Jail on shoplifting and criminal conspiracy charges, possession of controlled substance paraphernalia, felony possession of a firearm, prohibited person possessing ammunition and possessing a specified controlled substance and a loaded firearm.

Pope’s bail is currently set at $100,000, according to the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Office’s Online Information System.

Ledford was booked into the Del Norte County Jail and released on Friday. Ledford is charged with misdemeanor shoplifting, criminal conspiracy, possession of a controlled substance and possessing a switchblade, according to the DNSO’s Online Information System.


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