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Six Nevada County residents arrested at narcotics sweeps

Narcotics detectives arrested six county residents on a variety of warrants and drug charges during searches of two separate residences Wednesday.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, with the assistance of Nevada City Police Officer Chad Ellis, conducted a probation search in the 19000 block of John Born Road, said Sheriff Keith Royal.

As they approached, they reportedly noticed a man standing in front of a truck that was parked in the residence’s driveway. The man saw the approaching law enforcement personnel and “scurried” into the garage, Royal said.

The officers “rushed” the front of the garage and saw a man identified as Victor Raymond Riley standing in the doorway of the garage. Behind him was a second man, identified as Vincent Anthony Virgili, who was reportedly holding a large fixed-blade knife in his right hand above the waist.

The officers drew their guns and ordered Virgili to drop the knife and get down on the ground, Royal said; he complied.

Virgili reportedly told deputies he had another knife in his pants pocket, and was found to have a meth pipe on his person, as well.

Besides several vehicles, there was a couch and a coffee table inside the garage in what Royal described as a “man cave.” Officers located a coin purse that reportedly contained nine hypodermic syringes, as well as a metal spoon with residue, a cotton swab and a vial with a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.

Virgili, 32, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

He was booked and released on $12,000 bail.

Riley, 54, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant and was being held without bail.

Narcotics detectives also served a search warrant relating to meth at a residence in the 12000 block of Burma Road, said Sgt. Guy Selleck.

Jennifer Anne Blanchard, 25, one of the residents on the property, reportedly was found to be in possession of small amounts of meth and LSD, as well as drug paraphernalia, and was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Her boyfriend, Timothy Patrick Brady, 21, had a misdemeanor warrant and reportedly had meth.

A motorcycle was located on the property that appeared to have been recently spray-painted, with overspray on various parts, Selleck said, adding that it also was missing some parts. Brady told deputies it was his, but Selleck said it came back as stolen from Grass Valley.

Blanchard was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

She was booked and released on $12,000 bail. Brady was booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, possession of a controlled substance and violating probation, and released on $15,000 bail.

A man and a woman at the property, identified as Roland Anderson Palmer, 41, and Tracie Noel Timmons, 41, were arrested on outstanding warrants.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.


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