A man was arrested Tuesday night after a deputy with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station was reportedly patrolling in Valencia when they saw a vehicle driving in the area with no front license plate displayed.

The deputy proceeded to conduct a traffic stop to warn and cite the driver. After making contact, the deputy learned that the man behind the wheel was not only a convicted felon on active parole but also driving on a suspended license.

“A search of his vehicle resulted in the recovery of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, as well as a loaded short barrel rifle and a large bag of ammunition,” wrote Deputy Natalie Arriaga, spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, in an official post Wednesday morning. 


Following this search, the man was arrested on several charges, including possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a controlled substance with a loaded firearm, among several other charges.

The man, 29-year-old Nicholas Alkio of Rio Linda, was transported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station for booking, where arrest records indicate that his bail was set at $50,000.