Ex-con heads back to jail after being caught with guns, drugs during traffic stop
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LASSEN COUNTY // A previously convicted felon is back behind bars after being caught with guns and methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
Early in the evening on January 28th, a K-9 officer patrolling the Center Road area came across a speeding vehicle and conducted a stop near Rice Canyon Road.
The deputy identified the driver as 49-year-old Eugene Stewart and the passenger as 25-year-old Joshua Doyle. The deputy then conducted a walk-around of the vehicle with his K-9 partner, Brinks, who is trained for protection as well as narcotics detection.
When Brinks indicated a positive alert, the deputy conducted a search of the car and found two loaded firearms, one of which had been reported stolen out of Susanville several days previous, as well as a large amount of methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and other items indicative of drug sales, all of which were in Doyle’s possession. When weighed, the methamphetamine totaled out to over 47 grams.
Doyle, being an ex-felon, is also legally prohibited from the possession of firearms. He was arrested on charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed stolen firearm, convicted felon carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a controlled substance for sale.
He was later booked into the Lassen County Jail on $35,000 bond.
The driver of the vehicle, Stewart, was charged with misdemeanor possession of heroin and released at the scene on notice to appear.