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Suspected heroin dealers in court

Two men arrested in separate incidents involving reported heroin sales on the same day were in court Tuesday morning.

Both men were scheduled to have preliminary hearings into the evidence against them in Nevada County Superior Court.

Alan Rivera-Garcia, 31, of Sacramento, opted to waive his right to the hearing, and is set to be formally arraigned on charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale on Oct. 16.



Rivera-Garcia was arrested in May after a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop on a Chevrolet truck being driven by Lena Lynette Barnes, 43, of Citrus Heights, on Highway 49 near Little Deer Drive.

The Sheriff’s office had received information that Barnes was trafficking drugs into Nevada County, and knew she had an outstanding warrant out of Placer County. Detectives reportedly discovered a hollowed-out area in the center console that concealed a half-pound of crystal meth, 1 ounce of black tar heroin, a digital scale and numerous syringes.




Barnes’ passenger, Rivera-Garcia, was reportedly found to have an active warrant on drug charges out of Placer County, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement advised that he had been deported five times previously.

Barnes is set for formal arraignment on charges of possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale, and driving on a suspended license, on Oct. 30.

A man arrested during a warrant search earlier the same day posted to take a plea agreement in court Tuesday.

Grass Valley Police officers working with Nevada City Police, the probation department and the District Attorney’s office arrested Dale Devane Oakes, 32, in the 1400 block of Mulberry Drive for outstanding local warrants.

Officers reportedly found more than a dozen syringes strewn around their bedroom, including some that were uncapped and used. Hidden inside a floor heater vent, they reportedly found drug paraphernalia including baggies, spoons and a digital scale, as well as more than 1 gram of black tar heroin and a plastic tub with 11.5 grams of marijuana.

Oakes was arrested on the warrant, as well as on suspicion of violating probation, possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, as well as possession for sale.

Oakes pleaded no contest to one count of possessing heroin for sale, and well as multiple probation violations. Deputy District Attorney Oliver Pong noted he had admitted to selling, but that it was a small amount; his defense attorney, Jennifer Walters, told Judge Robert Tice-Raskin her client was selling to support his addiction.

Oakes was sentenced to a total of 350 days in county jail, with 129 days credit, and three years probation.

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


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