AUBURN (CBS13) — A registered sex offender on parole has been arrested after he was allegedly found in Auburn with a large amount of a variety of drugs.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office says, just before midnight on Dec. 6, a deputy pulled over a vehicle along Highway 49 at Cottage Drive. Exactly what prompted the stop was not stated, but the driver was quickly discovered to be 53-year-old Olivehurst resident John Ruiz.

The drugs discovered in Ruiz’ car. (Credit: Placer County Sheriff’s Office)

With Ruiz being on parole and a registered sex offender, the deputy searched him and discovered a glass pipe in his pocket.

A search of Ruiz’ car soon uncovered a large four large bags of marijuana, methamphetamine, and mushrooms. Deputies say they also discovered a cube of heroin, 10 packaged Suboxone strips, a digital scale, as well as smaller baggies with a mix of heroin and fentanyl.

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Ruiz was arrested and is now facing several charges related to transportation of drugs for sale and a parole violation.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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