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Yountville Man Arrested With Lots of Pot, Cops Say

Steve Allen Shields, 50, was jailed on suspicion of possessing and transporting pot for sale after a deputy pulled him over for a moving violation Monday evening, according to the Napa County Sheriff's Office.

A Yountville driver discovered the hard way that it's not a good idea to illegally pass another vehicle while transporting wholesale amounts of recently-harvested marijuana, according to a message from Napa County Sheriff's Capt. Tracey Stuart:

On October 29, 2012, at about 8:25 pm, a deputy was eastbound on Yountville Cross Road, east of Finnell Road.

The deputy saw a GMC travelling towards him (westbound) cross over the double yellow lines and pass another westbound car.

The deputy stopped the GMC and contacted the driver (sole occupant), Steven Allen Shields, 50 years old of Yountville.

There was a strong odor of marijuana coming from the GMC. The deputy located two plastic tubs (approximately 2’ x 2’ x 3’ each), a paper bag and a gallon sized plastic bag, all containing unprocessed marijuana.

Shields was arrested for possession of marijuana for sale and transportation of marijuana and transported to NCDC.

Deputies obtained a search warrant for Shield’s residence and found scales and packaging materials, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

Arrest information does not indicate a conviction. For the latest reports on crime and arrests in the Napa Valley, please see our Police & Fire section, available from the News tab above and at napa.patch.com/police-fire.

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Unfiltered Steve Simoneau October 30, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Driving like that transporting weight, I'm getting him a shirt that says "Arrest Me, I'm Guilty!" for Christmas. He also wins the "I can count my IQ on both hands!" award, the "That's NOT mine!" prize, and the "Want fries with that?" trophy. Congratulations!
Steven Grant Stratford October 31, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Too bad he didn't have a doctors letter.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Even a doctor's letter doesn't mean you can have THAT much pot. The limit under Prop. 215 is half a pound.
Jessica Bonnano November 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I know that man! He works at a hotel I've stayed at in Yountville lots of times! That makes me really uncomfortable. He's growing and transporting drugs? I really hope I don't see him again. For the amount of money I pay to stay there it's really disturbing to see this. I don't think I'll stay there again. I mean that sure says things about his character. And the Hotel's should they allow him to continue working there.
Penny November 11, 2012 at 11:39 PM
He's probably jobless so don't worry!
steven November 13, 2012 at 08:40 PM
That is what did not print that I do have a Prop 215 card
irene german November 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
First of all, what he does on his days off is no concern of where he works or anyone else.. He is a great father, husband, and friend.. People make mistakes all the time.. @Jessica it says something about his character.. You know nothing about him or his character.. He goes to work to work not be judged by people that stay there.. @Louisa the amount depends on the county you live in and your medical condition.. @Steven simoneau and you get "Douchebag Award"..
lisa rodriguez November 15, 2012 at 07:31 PM
He's a good man. So stop judging him. people make mistakes its life. If it wasn't for him I don't kno where I would be in this world he holds it down for my family and always will . I love you Steven Allen shields we will get through this all.
Ash Leigh November 15, 2012 at 10:26 PM
How is this a mistake? Illegally passing another vehicle? This man had apparently been packing and distributing the drug for awhile, to have scales and packaging materials at his residence. Yes, he may have been a good man - but these drugs end up in the hands of kids! If he wasn't caught, he would still be doing it. I don't understand how you two can claim it was a mistake.
Ron November 15, 2012 at 10:49 PM
You can call any bad behavior a mistake if you want. But transporting (and possibly growing) sizable amounts of drugs for distribution takes thought and planning over time. That is a conscious thought out choice. He may be a good guy and not saying he deserves the death penalty or anything but he must know what the laws are and there and are consequences for breaking them. Ron
DBell November 16, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Just reminds me of one those great movie quotes; Stupid is as Stupid does
steven shields January 26, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Charges Dropped its legal in California.

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