A convicted felon accused of selling heroin and methamphetamine out of his car in Jurupa Valley was charged Thursday with possession of controlled substances for sale and other offenses.

Stephen Leon Carreon, 29, of Jurupa Valley was arrested Tuesday by members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team, which was sweeping the area in search of possible illegal drug activity.

Along with the selling controlled substances count, Carreon was charged with being under the influence of illegal drugs and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.

He pleaded not guilty during an arraignment before Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno, who scheduled a felony settlement conference for April 9 at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Carreon is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.

According to sheriff’s Sgt. Donovan Brooks, about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Special Enforcement Team deputies observed the defendant sitting in his vehicle adjacent to an abandoned business near the intersection of Baldwin Street and Limonite Avenue.

Believing Carreon was allegedly preparing to engage in a drug deal, the deputies detained him for questioning, Brooks said.

While searching the defendant and his car, they seized an undisclosed quantity of meth and heroin, the sergeant alleged.

Carreon was taken into custody without a struggle.

According to court records, he has prior convictions for sales of narcotics, importation of drugs for sale, burglary and receiving stolen property.

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