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The People v. Sydney Joan Chaffer

May 6, 2013

THE PEOPLE, PLAINTIFF AND RESPONDENT,
v.
SYDNEY JOAN CHAFFER, DEFENDANT AND APPELLANT.



(Super. Ct. No. CRF112413)

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

P. v. Chaffer

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NOT TO BE PUBLISHED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 This opinion has not been certified for publication or ordered published for purposes of rule 8.1115.

This case comes to us pursuant to People v. Wende (1979) 25 Cal.3d 436 (Wende). Having reviewed the record as required by Wende, we affirm the judgment.

We provide the following brief description of the procedural history and facts of the case. (See People v. Kelly (2006) 40 Cal.4th 106, 110, 124.)

PROCEDURAL HISTORY

A jury convicted defendant Sydney Joan Chaffer of transportation of methamphetamine (Health & Saf. Code, § 11379, subd. (a)) and possession of methamphetamine (Health & Saf. Code, § 11377, subd. (a)). Imposition of sentence was suspended and defendant was placed on Proposition 36 probation for three years.

TRIAL EVIDENCE

Prosecution's Evidence

On an afternoon in April 2011, Yolo County Sheriff's Deputies Dana Tello and Derrick Alatorre observed two cars stopped at the side of a state highway in the vicinity of a dangerous sharp turn. The deputies stopped to perform a welfare check on a man and woman standing between the cars. The woman, identified as defendant, indicated that she did not need assistance and that she was speaking to her daughter on a cellular telephone.

Defendant told Deputy Tello that she was returning home from a casino where she had been all night long. She told Tello she had not possessed or used any illegal substances and stated she was a recovering cocaine addict.

Defendant granted Deputy Alatorre's request to search her car. Alatorre found a purse that defendant identified as hers. She gave Alatorre permission to search the purse. The search yielded two small clear plastic baggies containing a white substance that tested presumptive positive for ...


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