One suspect takes plea, one to be arraigned in 2015 arrest |

One suspect takes plea, one to be arraigned in 2015 arrest

One suspect took a plea Tuesday and the other is set for arraignment this coming week after failing to appear for a court date, in connection with a November 2015 arrest.

Narcotics detectives arrested Brandon Sinnock and Michael Stevens after conducting a traffic stop on Sinnock.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force saw Sinnock in a truck on Squirrel Creek Road, knew Sinnock was wanted and pulled the truck over, reportedly finding drug paraphernalia and pepper spray on him.

The truck, which was registered to Stevens, reportedly had false registration tags. A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered a .44 Magnum lever-action rifle and ammunition, wrapped in a blanket.

Sinnock was subsequently charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, possessing tear gas and drug paraphernalia.

In Nevada County Superior Court, Sinnock pleaded no contest to being a felon in possession of tear gas; it was noted during his plea that the gun and ammunition belonged to Stevens.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, suspended so that he could enter a residential drug treatment program. He will then be on probation for three years and be subject to drug testing.

A search warrant was subsequently served at Stevens’ residence in the 10000 block of Dixon Road, and detectives reportedly located three additional guns, including a .40-caliber pistol that had been reported as stolen from Grass Valley, a butane honey oil lab, 60 pounds of marijuana shake and cola, dozens of syringes, glass methamphetamine pipes, and multiple pieces of mail that was believed to have been stolen.

Stevens was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, driving an unregistered vehicle, having false registration and possessing drug paraphernalia. He subsequently appeared in court in March, and a warrant was issued.

In May he allegedly was found with guns and was arrested on suspicion of trespassing, committing a felony while on bail, resisting arrest, possessing a controlled substance, and being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as two outstanding misdemeanor warrants.

He is set to be arraigned Thursday on the November case.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

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