Lassen County Sheriff Traffic Stop Leads to Arrest


On December 7, 2021, at around 0900 hours, a Lassen County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a white Ford pickup on Commercial Road in Susanville. Upon making contact with the driver and passenger of the pickup, the deputy learned the driver was on felony parole and could possibly be in possession of a firearm. During a search, the deputy located and seized a loaded .380 caliber pistol, approximately 32.2 grams (1.13 ounces) of suspected methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

The driver, identified as Ceasar Lucatero, 34, of Susanville, and the passenger, identified as Melanie Hines, 40, of Westwood, were arrested and booked into the Lassen County Jail. Lucatero is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed with a Loaded Firearm, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Prohibited Person in Possession of Ammunition, and Parole Violation. Hines is charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Lucatero’s bail has been set at $35,000. Hines’ bail has been set at $22,500.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Office would like to specially thank the Susanville Police Department and CDCR Parole for their assistance in this incident.


Lt Dave Woginrich
Lassen County Sheriff’s Office