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. 

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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.

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