The money and drugs discovered after a traffic stop in Westwood Thursday, Oct. 15. Photos submitted

Westwood man faces drug charges after traffic stop

A Westwood man found himself in custody on a variety of drug charges following a traffic stop in Westwood by a Lassen County Deputy Sheriff.

William Mackenzie

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located and seized 54.5 grams (1.92 ounces) of methamphetamine, 39.6 grams (1.4 ounces) of heroin, drug paraphernalia and $1,664.00 in cash. The street value of the methamphetamine and heroin is estimated to be over $6,000.

According to a statement from the Lassen County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy stopped a white Toyota pickup for several traffic violations on Elm Street in Westwood about 9:40 pm. Thursday, Oct. 15. During the stop, the deputy saw the driver was in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage and marijuana cigarettes. The driver was detained and a search of the vehicle was conducted.

The driver, William Mackenzie, 28, of Westwood, was arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and unlawful display of false registration.

Mackenzie’s bail is set at $55,000.