A convicted felon allegedly caught dealing heroin and other drugs out of a car in Temecula was being held Wednesday in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Ryan Thomas Mayfield was booked into the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta Tuesday on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, transportation of drugs for sale and distribution of illegal drugs.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Jon Wade, narcotics investigators were monitoring the 26600 block of Ynez Road, near Overland Drive, about 6:30 p.m. when they observed several individuals approach a car backed into a parking stall and engage in what appeared to be “hand-to-hand” drug transactions.
Deputies watched the alleged deal go down, then swooped in, detaining Mayfield and his male passenger.
“Mayfield was acting nervous and initially gave deputies a false name and date of birth,” Wade said.
After learning the suspect was a convicted felon with several pending arrest warrants, they detained him and searched his vehicle.
“During the search, (deputies) located heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine,” Wade said. “Along with the illegal drugs, more than 20 hypodermic syringes, packaging and a digital scale for weighing the drugs (were) also located.”
Mayfield’s passenger was released after being cleared of involvement, according to Wade.
Court records show Mayfield has multiple drug-related convictions and has been in federal custody.