Traffic stop in Grass Valley leads to drug sale charges |

Traffic stop in Grass Valley leads to drug sale charges

A Nevada City man stopped for having an obstructed license plate ended up going to jail on a number of charges after deputies reportedly found drug paraphernalia and more than 80 grams of methamphetamine in his truck.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy saw the Toyota Tundra on Idaho-Maryland Road at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, and eventually stopped the driver, John Glenn Springsteen, at a fast food restaurant on East Main Street in Grass Valley, said Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

The license plate was completely obstructed by a small trailer in the back of the truck that was piled high with crates and other items, and the license had registration tags from 2013.

Springsteen was contacted and reportedly admitted to not having current registration on the truck.

He also had an expired driver’s license, which proved to have been suspended, Pettitt said.

The deputy began the process of citing Springsteen and having the truck towed, which involves conducting an inventory of the contents.

He reportedly found a meth pipe and a small amount of marijuana, and then located 83.29 grams of meth and some baggies in the back of the truck.

Springsteen, 60, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, transportation of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $78,000 bail.

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

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