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Petaluma Police Department
Friday January 20th, 2023 :: 02:34 a.m. PST


Subject Arrested for Drug Sales


Petaluma Police Department Department
                                                                                                                                                           PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                   
Friday January 20th, 2023
Issued By: Sergeant Ryan Suhrke, Petaluma PD, (707) 778-4372, [email protected]  
Incident:                      Subject Arrested for Narcotic Sales
Occurred Date :           January 19th, 2023
Occurred Time:           11:32 PM
Location:                     1368 N. McDowell Boulevard (Motel 6), Petaluma
Suspects:                     Michael Morand (63-year-old Vallejo resident)
Charges:                      11351(a) H&S- Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale
                                     11352(a)H&S- Transporting Unlawful Controlled Substances for Sale
Incident Summary
On 01/19/2023 at approximately 11:32 PM, an Officer with the Petaluma Police Department Community Impact Response Team (C.I.R.T.) was conducting patrols in the area of Motel 6, when he observed an occupied suspicious vehicle. The officer made contact with the subject and observed a large amount of psylocibin next to the occupant, who was identified as Michael Morand.
The officer proceeded to detain Morand and search his vehicle based on probable cause for additional contraband. The officer located over a pound of additional illegal controlled substances, along with other evidence of drug sales. Based on the information he obtained during an initial interview and evidence located in the vehicle, Morand was arrested for drug sales and transportation.
He was later transported to the Sonoma County Jail where he was booked for the above listed charges.
The Petaluma Police Department Community Impact Response Team continues to address various community concerns, one of which is drug sales. Illegal controlled substances continue to affect our community and the Petaluma Police Department continues to strive to improve the quality of life of all its community members.
For any media inquiries, please contact Lt. T. Lyons at [email protected] or 707-778-4372.

Petaluma Police Department
969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

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