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The People v. Rodney Taurez Simmons

June 22, 2012

THE PEOPLE, PLAINTIFF AND RESPONDENT,
v.
RODNEY TAUREZ SIMMONS, DEFENDANT AND APPELLANT.



(Super. Ct. No. 62105641B)

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Raye , P. J.

P. v. Simmons

CA3

NOT TO BE PUBLISHED

California Rules of Court, rule 8.1115(a), prohibits courts and parties from citing or relying on opinions not certified for publication or ordered published, except as specified by rule 8.1115(b). This opinion has not been certified for publication or ordered published for purposes of rule 8.1115.

Appointed counsel for defendant Rodney Taurez Simmons asked this court to review the record to determine whether there are any arguable issues on appeal. (People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436 (Wende).) We find no arguable error and no concerns regarding presentence credits. We will affirm the judgment.

I

On April 5, 2011, after dark, defendant drove past a parked patrol car on a public road. Officer Ralph Pratt, who was inside the patrol car typing up notes from a prior call, saw defendant drive by and noted that he could not see inside the driver's side window because of the tint on the window. Believing the tint was too dark to be legal, Officer Pratt finished what he was doing and then drove after defendant.

When Officer Pratt reached defendant, he pulled him over and asked to see his driver's license. Officer Pratt also asked defendant if he was currently on probation or parole; defendant admitted he was on parole. Defendant's passenger, Diane, admitted she was on probation. Officer Pratt then returned to his patrol vehicle and confirmed defendant's identity; another officer was on his way to provide backup. Once the second officer arrived, the two officers detained defendant and Diane, searched their persons, and searched the car.

A search of defendant's person revealed two stacks of money, one totaling $284 and one totaling $50. The $50 stack included a $20 bill that was ripped in half. In addition, the officers found a cell phone in defendant's pocket. There were no text messages on that phone. The officers also found a cell phone on the front passenger seat; Diane claimed it was hers.

A search of the phone Diane claimed to be hers revealed several text messages. One of the outgoing text messages was to "Lala" and said: "So that's what's up. I got the fire with the cries. So if you know anyone who needs some, send them my way." Another, sent to "Ca$h My Daddy," said "Baby, the homegirl said how much for two grams of the clear?" That outgoing message was followed up by another outgoing message to Ca$h My Daddy that read, "Baby, she said all she got is 70 right now and if you work with her." Further investigation revealed the nickname Ca$h My Daddy was assigned to defendant's phone number, and "Lala" was a nickname for Diane's friend Terri Bartholomew.

Following up on the text messages, officers went to Bartholomew's apartment. Bartholomew told officers she was staying with her friend "Karrie"; Karrie wanted to buy methamphetamine, so Bartholomew arranged a deal for her. The officers spoke to Karrie, who was also in the apartment. She recounted that Diane, along with a black man with gold teeth, a gold necklace, and a gold ring, arrived in a white Lincoln to sell her methamphetamine. The man gave Karrie a bag of methamphetamine and she gave him two $20 bills and one $10 bill; one of the $20 bills was ripped completely in half. Karrie "snorted a line" of the drug but flushed the rest down the toilet when she heard police at the door.

Defendant was later charged with selling methamphetamine (Health & Saf. Code, § 11379, subd. (a)), transporting methamphetamine (Health & Saf. Code, § 11379, subd. (a)), and conspiracy to sell/transport methamphetamine (Pen. Code, § 182, subd. (a)(1)). It was further alleged that defendant was previously convicted of a serious or violent felony (Pen. Code, §§ 1170.12, subd. (a)-(d), 667, subd. (b)-(i)), served eight prior prison terms (Pen. Code, § 667.5, subd. (b)), was previously convicted of a drug-related crime (Health & Saf. Code, § 11370.2, subd. (c)), and was ineligible for probation (Pen. Code, § 1203, subd. (e)(4)).

Defendant pleaded no contest to a single count of offering to sell methamphetamine and admitted being previously convicted of a strike offense. He was sentenced to an aggregate term of four years in state prison. The court ordered defendant to pay various fines and fees ...


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