Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced the arrest of Dominic Nathan Vanderhorst, 18, of Oakhurst, who was found to be in possession of prescription medication, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Shortly before 7 p.m. May 2, the sheriff's office received reports of several juveniles loitering in a shopping center located off Highway 49.
As Deputy Richard Gonzales pulled into the parking lot; he saw three vehicles and five juveniles and could hear loud music blaring from one of the cars. Vanderhorst was seated in a Chevy Tahoe.
When Gonzales approached the Chevy Tahoe he could smell a strong order of marijuana.
When asked if he had anything illegal, Vanderhorst said he had some marijuana -- something he doesn't have a medical card for. He gave the deputy consent to search the interior of the vehicle for drugs, and during that search a Marlboro cigarette box containing Hydrocodone and Diazepam pills was found. The suspect reportedly told the deputy the controlled substance belonged to someone else and forgot he had them in his Tahoe. A small glass container of marijuana, along with a grinder and digital scale, were also recovered.
Vanderhorst was taken into custody without incident and transported to Madera County Department of Corrections where he posted his $10,000 bond roughly an hour after his booking.
Anyone with information about suspicious illicit drug activity anywhere in Madera County can phone in tips to the MADNET hotline. Agents with the Madera County Narcotic Task Enforcement Team can be reached at (559) 675-7776.