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Two Citrus Heights residents arrested after Placer County traffic stop

By Mike Hazlip—
Two people from Citrus Heights were arrested on firearm, drug and other charges, following a traffic stop in an unincorporated area of Placer County, according to a news release from authorities on Wednesday.

The arrests were made after a Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy conducted a traffic stop near Industrial Avenue and South Loop Road on Dec. 17, the release said. The deputy searched the vehicle and found a loaded, non-serialized firearm, along with more than a dozen rounds of 9mm ammunition, and drug paraphernalia.

About a dozen credit cards were also found that did not belong to either occupant of the vehicle.

The vehicle’s driver, 29-year-old Juan Pineda, and passenger Savannah Ball, 32, both from Citrus Heights, were arrested on charges of being felons in possession of a loaded firearm, conspiracy to commit a crime, being prohibited persons in possession of ammunition, outstanding warrants, and other charges, the release said.

Ball is facing additional charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of identifying documents with intent to defraud, and drug-related charges.

The release included a photograph showing credit and identification cards, several syringes, ammunition, and a handgun.

“Our deputies don’t know what they are going to encounter each day they start their shift, but their mission remains the same: keeping the citizens and visitors of Placer County safe,” the Sheriff’s Department said in Wednesday’s statement.

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