Pair arrested with drugs and stolen gold bars

Sonora Police Department officers arrested a man and woman Sunday who had syringes full of drugs and stolen gold bars.

About 10:35 a.m. officers responded to the 300 block of Fairview Lane for a vehicle parked in an unauthorized area.

Inside the vehicle were Luke Nunes, 22, of Sonora, and Tiffany Morris, 22, of Columbia.

Morris initially gave officers the name and birthdate of someone else.

A records check revealed Morris had three active “no bail” warrants for her arrest. One was for burglary, one was for identity theft, and the third was for failing the conditions of a work release program.

While officers were talking to Nunes and Morris, they saw drugs on the dash of the vehicle.

When the pair was asked to exit the vehicle, a loaded syringe fell out of Morris’ side of the vehicle, which she quickly attempted to conceal, a Sonora Police statement said.

A search of the vehicle revealed another loaded syringe, a large amount of prescription pills which neither one had a prescription for, two 1-ounce bars of gold, miscellaneous jewelry, as well as a driver’s license, fishing license, and credit cards in the name of someone else.

The owners of the items were contacted. They all responded and identified not only the items with their names on them, but several other items which had been recently stolen, including the gold bars, which were valued at more than $1,300 each, as well as all the jewelry and some fishing equipment.

Nunes and Morris were arrested and booked into the Tuolumne County Jail. Nunes was booked on suspicion of felony possession of stolen property, misdemeanor possession of prescription medication, plus possession of drug paraphernalia. Morris was booked on suspicion of felony false impersonation of another person, misdemeanor possession of prescription medication, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nunes is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to jail booking logs. Morris has a no-bail hold.


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