Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies arrested John Matthew Barela, 36, of Bullhead City, early Thursday (10/12) evening for possession of drug paraphernalia, a felony.
Approximately 5:00 p.m., deputies observed Barela cross the street in the middle of the road. Deputies further observed Barela carrying a machete. As deputies turned their patrol vehicle around to make contact with Barela, they observed him drop the machete and continued walking. Deputies contacted Barela in the area of Andrew Road and Camino Colorado. Deputies questioned Barela about the machete and he didn’t reply. Deputies retrieved the machete from where Barela had dropped it. Deputies also located a glass pipe with residue lying next to the machete. Barela confirmed that he smokes methamphetamine from the glass pipe after deputies inquired.
Barela was taken into custody without incident. He was transported and booked into the Mohave County Jail.