The perils of buying from door-to-door solicitors brought to this area to peddle everything from t-bones to magazine subscriptions was borne out again in Moraga last week.
Moraga police responded to a report of a truck selling meat door to door in the area of Corliss and Woodside drives the afternoon of Feb. 28. Neighbors, possibly on edge from a series of out of character criminal episodes in the area, called officers to report their suspicions when one of the salesman showed up on their doorsteps and, as it was discovered, those suspicions were proved right.
Officers conducting a computer check of the salesman’s background discovered Zachary Scott Simons, 28, of San Jose was on felony probation for possession of narcotics and identity theft. Further search uncovered a bindle of suspected black tar heroin – which was quickly confiscated as Simons was taken into custody for the probation violation and for possessing a controlled substance.
He was booked into the Martinez Detention Facility. Investigators said Simons was a passenger, co-worker, in a vehicle from Prime Selection, a meat company in San Jose. The driver took control of the truck and its product and was allowed to leave the area.