GV man arrested on drug charges | TheUnion.com

GV man arrested on drug charges

Jack Noriega

A Grass Valley man went to jail after reportedly being found with marijuana, methamphetamine, heroin and brass knuckles.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday saw a gold Ford Focus pull into a driveway in the 10000 block of Sunset View Court in Alta Sierra Estates, said Lt. Bill Smethers.

The driver parked in the rear behind another vehicle and began to walk away.

The deputy recognized the man as Jack Flavio Noriega, and knew that he was on post-release community supervision, Smethers said.

The deputy contacted Noriega and searched him, reportedly finding brass knuckles and $3,700 in his jacket pocket, as well as an empty shoulder holster under his jacket.

The area was searched and no firearm was found.

The homeowners at the property were contacted and said they did not know Noriega, Smethers said.

His vehicle was subsequently searched and a small bag was reportedly located in the back seat that contained 69.28 grams of marijuana in a plastic bag.

The deputy then located a bag underneath the vehicle frame, attached by magnets, that contained a digital scale, 26.91 grams of meth, 8.25 grams of heroin, and several unused baggies, Smethers said.

Noriega was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting controlled substances for sale, and possessing brass knuckles. Smethers said he also had an outstanding felony warrant out of Sacramento County.

He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Noriega had been arrested in February 2014 after members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force saw him exit a Grass Valley motel room, and took him into custody on a warrant.

A 2-year-old child of Noriega’s and a pit bull puppy reportedly were in the motel room, and a search reportedly uncovered 48 grams of meth, scales and packaging material, as well as 89 grams of marijuana and four hydrocodone pills, and a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol.

Noriega subsequently pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of weapon, and possessing a controlled substance for sale, in return for 24 months in state prison.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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