Suspicious activity report results in drug arrest, Grass Valley police say |

Suspicious activity report results in drug arrest, Grass Valley police say

Ryan Charles Schlager

A Grass Valley man on probation when police say they found him with suspected heroin remained in jail Monday under $35,000 in bond, authorities said.

Ryan Charles Schlager, 30, is charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting a controlled substance for sale and two probation violations, Nevada County Jail records state.

Police spotted Schlager around 5:30 p.m. Saturday after responding to reports of possible drug activity in the 700 block of South Auburn Street, Capt. Steve Johnson said.

An officer arrived, spotted a black car and approached. He saw one man sitting in the driver’s seat and another man standing outside the open passenger-side door, Johnson added.

“The officer immediately recognized that guy as Ryan Schlager, from numerous prior arrests and police contacts in recent years,” the captain said.

The officer then spotted weighing scales and baggies on the passenger seat. Knowing Schlager had waived his Fourth Amendment rights in a previous court case, the officer detained both men and searched the vehicle, Johnson said.

The search revealed over a pound of suspected marijuana and over a gram of heroin, as well as pipes and syringes, he added.

“That’s like over 22 doses,” Johnson said of the heroin. “It’s a fairly large amount.”

The officer, who also found $275 in cash on Schlager, determined that he was primarily responsible for the suspected drugs. Police arrested Schlager. They cited the other man for possession of drug paraphernalia and he was released, the captain said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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