A traffic stop near downtown St. Helena early Thursday resulted in two arrests on various weapon and drug charges.
While on patrol just before 1 a.m., an officer spotted an SUV with no rear license plate heading south on Oak Avenue, said Sgt. Steve Peterson of the St. Helena Police Department. In place of a plate, there was a sign saying the plate had been stolen.
After stopping the car near Oak/Adams, an officer noticed a soft rifle case in the back of the vehicle. Inside was a short-barreled semi-automatic rifle with a pistol grip and its serial number filed off, Peterson said.
Police also found heroin, Xanax, medical cannabis containing methadone, and a bulletproof carrier vest, Peterson said.
There were three men in the car, and all were convicted felons with suspended driver’s licenses, Peterson said.
The driver, Alexander Gerstel, 26, of Oakland, and Anthony Joseph Nunez, 29, of Modesto, were both arrested on multiple weapon and drug charges, including possession of an assault weapon, possession of a concealed weapon in a vehicle, possession of drugs while armed, and being felons in possession of a gun, Peterson said. Both were transported to the Napa County jail for booking.
Peterson said charges will also be sought against the third man in the car, who experienced a medical episode due to a preexisting condition and was hospitalized before he could be questioned.
WATCH NOW: A VISIBLY-DEPLETED RESERVOIR IN THE CARNEROS REGION
CATCH UP ON NAPA COUNTY’S TOP NEWS STORIES
Catch up on Napa County's top news stories
In case you missed it, here is a look at the most-read stories on NapaValleyRegister.com.
Temporary permits allowing outdoor restaurant service on a block of Main Street will stay in effect through February, Napa's city manager has …
Water use restrictions passed by the City Council are meant to reduce Napa's consumption by 15% from last year's levels.
American Canyon City officials protested a conceptual plan to build a series of six roundabouts to ease Highway 29 congestion.
Like lobster? Napa Valley Lobster Co. might be right up your alley.
The defendant was accused of repeatedly returning to the rural property of a 72-year-old woman whom he did not know.
A big construction project is meant to solve Jameson Canyon traffic tie-ups where Highway 12 meets Interstate 80 in Solano County.
The culinary video producer and host to a winemakers’ collective will strike out in a new direction, with open-air acoustic music next to its …
Fractional ownership is not new to Napa County, officials say. Pacaso's CEO says the company "is listening" to the concerns of neighbors.
“'Low income’ is a higher income than some would expect” in Napa, said the city's housing manager about a still-costly housing market.