OAKHURST — A late-night Highway 41 traffic stop by local deputies and their canine companion resulted in the arrest of two suspects for narcotics possession.
Just before 2 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, Madera County Sheriff’s K9 Deputy Eric Grijalva and Corporal Ty Tashiro observed a white pickup truck with no brake lights in the 40000 block of Highway 41. MCSO Dispatch advised that the vehicle’s registration was expired as of December 2016, according to the sheriff’s office.
Deputy Grijalva conducted a traffic stop based on the lighting violation and expired registration. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Coarsegold resident Timothy Alec, 49, reported that he was on active felony parole, and did not have a valid California Driver’s License.
The truck’s three occupants, including Alec, were escorted from the vehicle while Deputy Grijalva and Corporal Tashiro conducted a search of the vehicle, as warranted by the conditions of Alec’s parole.
While conducting a subsequent physical search of the vehicle, deputies say, they discovered approximately five grams of methamphetamine, individual bags of marijuana, and various drug paraphernalia, including needles, packaging material, and a digital scale.
After the conclusion of the vehicle search and following an interview of the subjects, Timothy Alec was taken into custody and arrested for felony possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance, and driving with a suspended/revoked license.
The female passenger, Oakhurst resident Tamra Bahr, 32, was also taken into custody and arrested for felony possession of narcotics for sale, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of paraphernalia.
The third occupant of the vehicle was released.
Both Alec and Bahr were transported and booked in at Madera County Department of Corrections without incident.
Alec was arrested in December 2013 for drug paraphernalia, evading police and vehicle theft.