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Yolo County jury convicts Rancho Cordova man of drug, gun charges

A Rancho Cordova man arrested in the parking lot of the Yolo County jail last year has been convicted of six felony drug and firearms offenses.

A Yolo County jury returned the guilty verdict against 28-year-old Jesse Lucas on Friday, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

The jury heard evidence that on Feb. 6, 2015, a Yolo County sheriff’s deputy contacted Lucas in the parking lot at the Yolo County jail, where Lucas said he was waiting to pick up a friend. Lucas appeared nervous, leading the deputy to believe he was hiding something, authorities said.

The deputy informed Lucas that, as a visitor to the jail, he was subject to search. Lucas agreed to be searched, and the deputy found 7.8 grams of heroin, an unregistered loaded .380 automatic handgun and $7,500 in cash. At the time, authorities said, Lucas was prohibited from possessing a firearm because a restraining order had been filed against him.

Yolo Superior Court Judge Samuel McAdam found that Lucas was out on bail with drug charges pending in El Dorado County at the time of the Yolo County offenses.

Judge McAdam is scheduled to sentence Lucas on March 10.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy