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ANDERSON, Calif. - An Anderson man allegedly caught with heroin and drug paraphernalia was arrested on Saturday after an officer found him passed out inside a stolen U-Haul truck, said the Anderson Police Department (APD).
According to APD, an officer was patrolling at the Anderson Meadows Apartment Complex on the 2500 block of Highway 273 at about 9:30 a.m.
The officer noticed a U-Haul registered white GMC Sierra pickup, backed into a parking stall.
The officer found Jarett Lee Carpenter, 38, of Anderson inside the U-Haul decal removed truck, passed out on the driver’s seat with heroin and drug paraphernalia on his lap, said APD.
APD said Carpenter was arrested without incident but tried to make up a story about rightfully owning the vehicle, but an investigation found the claims to be false.
Authorities discovered that Carpenter rented the U-Haul truck earlier in the month using another person’s stolen driver’s license.
The suspect did not return the truck before the due date and removed all of the decals from the pickup.
U-Haul will press charges against the suspect. Carpenter was arrested for vehicle theft, identity theft, false impersonation, possession of heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia.
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