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Pill find during traffic stop leads to arrest of Ukiah woman

A Ukiah woman remained in custody Monday after deputies seized 33 hydrocodone pills from her purse during a traffic stop, Lake County sheriff's officials said.

April Lynn Blakley, 46, was a passenger in a Buick sedan deputies pulled over at about 9:45 p.m. Friday on Highway 20 near Van Sleeper Drive in Upper Lake, Lt. Steve Brooks said. The Buick had crossed over the double yellow lines, Brooks said.

After the deputy asked Blackley and the driver to get out of the car, Blakley reached inside and removed her purse, Brooks said. The deputy asked her why she removed the bag and Blakley apparently said it was out of habbit, according to Brooks.

The deputy searched the purse, reportedly with Blakley's permission, and found two plastic bags with 33 pills of the opiate hydrocodone as well as five pills of a muscle relaxant called Carisoprodol, Brooks said.

Blakley said she didn't have a prescription for the drugs and they were medication for a friend in Mendocino County, Brooks said.

Blakley was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance and booked into the Lake County Jail where she remained Monday on $35,000 bail.

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