Two known criminals were taken into custody Monday afternoon in Soquel after deputies found them under the influence of methamphetamine and in possession of over five pounds of marijuana.
Sheriff's deputies responded to a neighborhood complaint of potential drug use at 4150 Soquel Dr., Apartment 9, at 3:36 p.m.
The tenant, Amina R. Hitchcock, 39, was inside with the marijuana (sans medical use card) and a scale.
According to Sgt. Pat Dimick, a police dog searched the apartment for narcotics, leading deputies to a back bedroom where another person, Lindsay Nelson, 31, was hiding. When she resisted arrest, the dog bit her hand, Dimick said.
Both Hitchcock and Nelson are on probation for narcotics violations, and both are known to the sheriff's office.
While Dimick could not put a value on the five pounds of marijuana, citing multiple factors including where it is sold and the quality of the plant, PriceOfWeed.com puts high quality marijuana in Santa Cruz County at $150 per ounce, making five pounds worth $12,000.