On 02/4/2015 at about 1620 hrs, Deputy Jeff Tucker stopped a white Nissan Maxima for a vehicle code infraction in the 6200 block of Pleasant Valley Road. The Nissan was occupied by three adult males and one adult female. During the contact, the occupants were identified; one of the males was a validated Sureno gang member from Placerville. The female identified herself as 31 year-old Nalana Omega also of Placerville.
Deputy Tucker had the occupants exit the vehicle in preparation of having it towed. During an inventory check, a stolen Toshiba laptop computer from Santa Cruz was found. Also in the car, Nalana Omega’s purse contained a .40 caliber Glock handgun, loaded with a high capacity magazine, which was unregistered. In a backpack, a loaded .22 caliber revolver was recovered. The revolver was confirmed stolen from Citrus Heights. More suspected stolen property was found in the car that included mail and bank checks.
Passenger 27 year-old Rafael Cardoza of Diamond Springs was arrested and booked for possession of the stolen computer. Nalana Omega was arrested and charged with possession of a concealed weapon in a vehicle, carrying a loaded firearm, and carrying a loaded stolen firearm. At the jail, it was discovered she had suspected heroin, hypodermic needles and a meth pipe. Charges of possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of narcotics, and possession of narcotic paraphernalia were added.
The stolen mail and bank checks will be followed-up on by detectives.