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Missed Deadlines Lead to Arrest

A car with expired registration tags was spotted by a Nevada County Sheriff officer in North San Juan early Friday morning . The deputy initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver, 30 year old Daniel Bonilla. According to Sheriff Keith Royal, Bonilla had a number of stories that unfolded while being questioned by the deputy. Bonilla first explained that he had recently purchased the vehicle and had not updated the registration. When asked about his drivers license Bonilla admitted it was suspended because he had not paid a fine. The officer then asked why he was driving on a suspended license.
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The officer also smelled a strong odor of marijuana and asked if he had a recommendation.
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The officer asked Bonilla to get out of the vehicle and detained him the patrol car. The officer located an ounce of marijuana in the drivers side door.

The officer also noticed a syringe cap on the floor of the vehicle and searched the vehicle more thoroughly.
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The dark liquid was determined to be heroin.
Bonilla claims that he had no knowledge of the drugs or paraphernalia and it must belong to the vehicles previous owner .
Daniel Bonilla was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for a number of drug related charges as well as driving on a suspended license.


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