POLICE: Man Arrested at Ripon Gas Station After Officers Find Meth in Car

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Richard SanAugustin Reyes II (Courtesy: Ripon Police Dept.)

Richard SanAugustin Reyes II (Courtesy: Ripon Police Dept.)

A routine police check at a gas station Saturday night in Ripon led to the arrest of a Salinas man on suspicion of felony methamphetamine possession, police said.

A Ripon police officer contacted the driver of a red Ford pickup who appeared to be working on the ignition of his car at a Shell gas station.

Officers saw contraband in the car and a search was conducted. Officers found 2.2 pounds (1 kilo) of methamphetamine in a computer bag, police said. The methamphetamine had an estimated per-gram street value of over $60,000.

Forged checks, a printer, scanner, laptop computer and hundreds of blank checks were seized for investigation, police said.

Richard SanAugustin Reys II, 37, of Salinas, was booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, forgery, possession of forged notes and possession of forged checks.