San Mateo police seize over one pound of meth in traffic stop

San Mateo police seize over one pound of meth in traffic stop

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A large amount of methamphetamine was seized during a traffic stop on Saturday, police said.

Officers pulled a vehicle over near S. Norfolk Avenue and Fashion Island Boulevard at about 10:42 p.m. They recognized the driver as being on probation for drug sales and, per his probation terms, searched his car.

The officers discovered over one pound of meth, a large amount of cash, multiple cellphones and a scale, police said.

“Due to COVID-19 jail restrictions, the suspect was released at SMPD with a felony citation,” police said.

The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office has been releasing inmates from county jails in order to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19.

As of Monday, the jail population at Maguire Correctional Facility in San Mateo County was 276, down from 486 on Feb. 29, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. The jail’s maximum capacity is 684. Meanwhile, the Maple Street Correctional Center, which has a maximum capacity of 832, had 245 inmates as of Monday, down from 483 on Feb. 29.