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Turlock couple arrested for heroin in Jamestown
Cara Hallam

A report of a couple possibly doing drugs in a car parked outside a Jamestown casino led to the arrest of a Turlock man and woman after they were found with heroin.

The couple was identified as Joseph Lewis, 26, and Cara Hallam, 25, both of Turlock.

The incident began around 9 p.m. Nov. 2 when the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Department received a report of two people possibly using drugs in a car parked outside the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown.

The first deputies to arrive at the scene were directed by a security guard to a blue Ford Explorer where they witnessed a man sitting in the driver’s seat with blood dripping down his hand.

The sheriff’s department said the man, later identified as Lewis, was holding a loaded hypodermic needle full of dark liquid. When the deputies got Lewis’ attention, he allegedly tried to hide the needle and start his vehicle to leave.

One of the deputies opened the car door and found a woman, later identified as Hallam, lying in the back seat with blood on her hands.

Deputies detained Lewis and Hallam. Lewis was on searchable probation out of Stanislaus County for a narcotics related offense, so the deputies had cause to search the vehicle. Inside the vehicle they found  a total of 10 used hypodermic needles, a package of unused hypodermic needles, a white/pink container containing a small amount of black tar substance that tested positive for heroin, wrapped in plastic, a bent spoon with a cotton ball, and a red explosive device that appeared to be an M-80 type explosive.

Hallam and Lewis were booked into the Tuolumne County Jail for possession of a destructive device, possession of a narcotic controlled substance, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.