Robyn Moormeister
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May 1, 2008
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Four people in jail after Rough and Ready drug bust


Four people are in jail after they were arrested at a residence off of Flying T Road, where officers found about five ounces of methamphetamine, a hashball the size of a baseball, a stolen gun and a stolen car, said Nevada County Sheriff Lt. Frank Kohler.

Narcotics agents served a search warrant at about 7 a.m. Wednesday and arrested Robert Wason, 55, of Rough and Ready, on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, vehicle theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

A loaded .57 Magnum stolen from Yuba County was underneath Wason's pillow, and a Dodge Stealth stolen from Grass Valley was in pieces on Wason's lawn, Kohler said.

Steven Talbott, 47, of Grass Valley, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and committing a felony while out of jail on your own recognizance.

Talbott had turned himself in at the courthouse for two warrants the day before, and was released on his own recognizance, Kohler said.

Also arrested were Bruce Gilbert, 42, on suspicion of possession of concentrated cannabis and being under the influence of meth, Mark Hilstad, on suspicion of possession of meth and a warrant, and Martina Smith, 34, on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and a warrant, Kohler said.

Smith was released on her own recognizance from Wayne Brown Correctional Facility later Wednesday while the others remained in jail this evening, according to jail records.


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