San Luis Obispo County sheriff’s narcotics detectives arrested a Paso Robles parolee on Wednesday afternoon after finding a gun, drugs and suspected stolen property in his storage unit in Templeton.
Nicholas Eugene Noochi, 32, of Paso Robles also had a .357-caliber handgun in his possession, according to detectives. Noochi is currently on non-revocable parole, which led to the search of the storage unit.
According to the State Parole Office in San Luis Obispo, non-revocable parole was passed by the state Legislature in October 2009 in order to relieve crowded prison conditions. Such a designation is reserved for those convicted of lesser felonies and, although such a condition means the felon is unsupervised, law enforcement can make random, unannounced searches at their discretion.
While at the storage facility, detectives discovered a sawed-off shotgun, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin, along with prescription medications, power tools, jewelry, sound equipment and a substantial amount of cash and coins.
“We are still running serial numbers and attempting to identify property we seized,” said sheriff’s Detective Dave Marquez.
“It is very important for the public to record serial numbers and mark their property so we can more readily identify it during an investigation of this type,” Marquez added.
Noochi was booked into County Jail on suspicion of receiving stolen property, possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a loaded firearm, being a felon/addict in possession of a firearm, and possession of a controlled substance. He’s being held on $20,000 bail. Because of the conditions of non-revocable parole, he can't be held on a parole hold.