Tri-Valley man busted on drug, gun counts

Traffic stop in Sonora leads to arrest of San Ramon resident

A San Ramon man was arrested Thursday on multiple drug and weapons counts after a traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol in Sonora.

Steven Schonert Noah, 32, and passenger Stephenie Rae Relva, 30, of Loomis were arrested at about 10:25 p.m. Dec. 26 after a traffic stop on Highway 108 in rural Tuolumne County.

CHP Officer Steven Warzee spotted Noah's white Chevrolet Suburban driving erratically and initially thought it was a routine DUI stop, according to a police report. The officer's report said he smelled marijuana when he approached, and that led to a search of Noah's SUV.

The search turned up 50 grams of methamphetamine, about 1.5 pounds of marijuana packaged for street sales, a glass pipe and used hypodermic needles, one of which apparently contained heroin, according to Warzee's report.

Also in the SUV were four unregistered guns, several high-capacity magazines and what appeared to be a container of hashish oil, the report said.

Noah was arrested on felony counts of possession of methamphetamine, transporting marijuana for sale, possession of high-capacity magazines, a misdemeanor count of paraphernalia possession and driving with a suspended license.

Relva was arrested for a felony count of possession of methamphetamine, misdemeanor paraphernalia possession and unlawful possession of a hypodermic needle.

Noah, who lives on Almond Court in San Ramon, was ordered held in lieu of $20,000 bail; Relva was held in lieu of $10,000 bail.


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