Nevada County sheriff’s officials raided a remote campsite Tuesday morning in the Tahoe National Forest off Lower Greenhorn Road near Scotts Flat Lake, where they discovered and subsequently arrested a naked Nevada City man among an illegal marijuana grow site containing 44 plants.
Robert Alan Furnas, 54, was booked into the Nevada County jail over the noon hour Tuesday on a felony charge of intent to sell or otherwise distribute marijuana, along with two warrant charges stemming from a 2009 incident in which he was also allegedly found naked at another marijuana grow campsite, according to the jail’s website and sheriff officials.
Those two warrants are a felony theft of services charge and a misdemeanor charge for failure to appear in court proceedings related to earlier arrests.
Furnas’ 2009 arrest on suspicion of planting, cultivating and possessing marijuana was also in connection to a site off Lower Greenhorn, according to The Union’s archives.
In both incidences, Furnas was reportedly found with a tent at the grow sites where he appeared to also be living, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
On Tuesday, his tent allegedly contained packaging materials as well as digital scales, the sheriff said. The 44 plants around the tent area varied in height from 2 feet to 8 feet in height, Royal said.
Officers were led to the campsite after developing information in conjunction with the U.S. Forest Service, Royal said.
Furnas was held in lieu of $15,000 bail at the county jail as of press time Tuesday, according to its website.
In his booking information, he declared his profession as “grower” and reportedly admitted to arresting personnel that he grows as a primary means of income, Royal said.
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