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Menlo Park man gets probation after no-contest plea on narcotics charge

A Menlo Park man received a sentence of three years of supervised probation in San Mateo County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 15, after having pleaded no-contest in October 2015 to felony possession of narcotics in connection with the discovery in his vehicle of a bottle of codeine hidden in a child's car seat, according to prosecutors.

In a plea bargain offered by prosecutors and Judge Leland Davis, Adrian Soria-Sanchez, 23, agreed to a sentence that included jail time that he's already served and his agreement to abstain from alcohol and drugs, to undergo counseling, to relinquish his constitutional protections against search and seizure, and to posses no deadly weapons or ammunition, District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said in a report.

The sentence also requires Mr. Soria-Sanchez to register as a drug offender and pay a total of $600 in penalties and a $100-a-month probation fee, prosecutors said. Mr. Soria-Sanchez had been in jail on a bail of $10,000.

Last August, a Menlo Park police officer pulled Mr. Soria-Sanchez over because his vehicle had no license plates, then determined that he was on felony probation for lying to a criminal grand jury, prosecutors said. That allowed the officer to search his vehicle and led to the discovery of a pint bottle containing 94 doses of codeine, prosecutors said.

Dave Boyce

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