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Sebastopol traffic stop leads to arrest of suspected drug dealer

A police stop in downtown Sebastopol landed a Santa Rosa man in jail after officers said they found packaged drugs in his car. They later seized numerous guns and more drugs from his westside home, authorities said.

Minh Hoang Luong, 30, was being held Saturday at Sonoma County Jail, charged with drug possession for sale and illegal possession of a firearm. Bail was set at $150,000. Police said he could face more charges once prosecutors review the case.

Among items seized in his car were 20 1-gram baggies of what officers believe is cocaine, Police Sgt. David Ginn said.

Luong's home off Occidental Road yielded eight firearms, including an illegal AK-style assault rifle and "a truckload of ammunition," Ginn said.

Cocaine and marijuana plants occupied three upstairs bedrooms of the house, he said.

Luong, an ex-convict, was driving in downtown Sebastopol when two offers on a DUI patrol pulled him over because of a darkened rear license plate light, Ginn said.

When they smelled marijuana in the car, they conducted a search that turned up the pot and packaged cocaine — enough to indicate he could be selling drugs, police said.

Among the additional charges being sought were cultivation of marijuana, possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a controlled substance while armed and possession of drug paraphernalia, police said.

(You can reach Staff Writer Mary Callahan at 521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com.)


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