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Grass Valley police: Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

Anthony Nueva Gonzalez

A traffic stop that by chance led Rüdiger the police dog to the scene resulted in the arrest of Penn Valley man on drug accusations, authorities said.

Anthony Nueva Gonzalez, 44, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance for sale and possession of a controlled substance. Arrested Sunday, he remained held Monday on $35,000 in bond, Nevada County Jail records state.

Officers arrested Gonzalez during a 10:15 a.m. Sunday traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot, 105 Neal St., Capt. Steve Johnson said.



The officer saw that Gonzalez’s vehicle had expired tags, leading to the stop. Two passengers sat inside the car with Gonzalez — a man on parole and a woman who had two active Nevada County arrest warrants, the captain said.

A Nevada City officer then responded to the traffic stop, Johnson said.




“It happened to be the Nevada City K9 officer with Rüdiger,” Johnson said. “He was on duty and he had Rüdiger with him.”

Passing by the vehicle, the dog indicated drugs were inside. Police then searched the car and found under a gram of suspected methamphetamine in a hidden compartment within the center console. They found over 3 grams of meth and prescription pills in a container discovered in the trunk, Johnson said.

Authorities then arrested Gonzalez on drug charges and the woman on her outstanding warrants. The third person faces no charges, Johnson said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.


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