Another Meth Takedown for the SAPD K-9 Unit

Paul Villanueva

During a traffic stop, around 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, Police Service dog Duke, led officers to discover narcotics in a 2001 blue Ford Mustang near W. 14th Street.

During the stop, Officer Flores released Duke to conduct an open-air sniff of the vehicle, which gave the officers probable cause to search the vehicle.

Their search led to the discovery of marijuana and a small amount of narcotics with the presence of methamphetamine.

A passenger in the vehicle originally gave the officers a false name and birth date but was discovered to be Paul N. Villanueva, 37.

Villanueva was also resisted and attempted to run.

A second passenger, identified Carmel Mata, 30, was arrested for warrants.

Villanueva has been charged with a long list including State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Class B Possession of Marijuana, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Fail to Identify Giving False Fictitious Information, Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia, and a warrant for Parole Violation.

The driver of the vehicle was released after a field investigation.