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Apple Valley Man Arrested for Alleged ID Theft & Drug Dealing

Apple Valley Man Arrested for Alleged ID Theft & Drug Dealing

BARSTOW, Calif. – An Apple Valley man was arrested for drug and ID theft-related charges in the City of Barstow.

At around 10:40 p.m., on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, a Barstow Police officer was patrolling the 1100 block of East Main Street. He observed a 2003 white Chevrolet Trailblazer with non-working tail lights. He conducted a traffic stop and the vehicle pulled over into the Desert Inn Motel located at 1100 East Main Street.

The officer contacted 20-year-old Apple Valley resident, Andrew Peterson, who was the driver of the vehicle. The officer checked Peterson’s information and learned that he had an active arrest warrant for a parole violation. Peterson was arrested and as he was being arrested, the officer noticed a handgun and drug paraphernalia on the front passenger seat of the vehicle. During a search of the vehicle, the officer located around 8 ounces of methamphetamine, a scale, and baggies used to package the drugs.

In addition to the drugs, the officer also located several fraudulent and forged checks made out to different people. A computer was also in the vehicle which was used for the printing of new fraudulent checks. The items were collected as evidence and Peterson was subsequently transported and booked into jail for identity theft, check fraud, forgery, counterfeit checks, transportation of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Officer Rudy Perez at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211. People with information who wish to remain anonymous can contact We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME (27469) or online at wetip.com.

Staff Writer

This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization