Two arrested on drug, stolen property charges |

Two arrested on drug, stolen property charges

Lukas Matthew
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A California Highway Patrol officer checking on a suspicious vehicle ended up arresting two people on drug and stolen property charges early Tuesday morning.

The officer was on Combie Road east of Highway 49 around midnight when he saw a Suburban acting suspiciously; the driver then suddenly sped out of a parking lot at high speed, said CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.

When he checked the plate, which had current tags, he found that the vehicle’s registration had expired, Tassone said. He subsequently stopped the vehicle, which was being driven by Haley Noelle Hobbs, 31, of Rough and Ready.

The vehicle was not registered to Hobbs, and the officer told her he was impounding it, Tassone said. While the paperwork was being processed, the registered owner of the SUV, Lukas Mathew, showed up and reportedly began trying to claim the property in the vehicle belonged to him.

A search of the Suburban subsequently uncovered suspected heroin, needles and other drug paraphernalia, as well as prescription medication, Tassone said. Officers also reportedly found checks, credit cards and other financial documents associated with multiple individuals.

There is an ongoing investigation, with some of the items confirmed as having been stolen, Tassone said.

Hobbs was arrested on suspicion of possessing stolen property and drug paraphernalia, and violating probation, and was being held without bail. She has a 2013 arrest for possession of stolen property and attempted extortion; she pleaded no contest to the extortion attempt and was sentenced to 60 days and three years probation.

Mathew was booked on suspicion of possessing stolen property, a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and was being held in lieu of $15,000 bail. He was arrested in 2014 on suspicion of selling and transporting marijuana, manufacturing honey oil, and concealing a gun in a vehicle; he pleaded no contest to the gun charge and was sentenced to three years probation.

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

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