Browns Valley man takes plea agreement in undercover pot sting

A Browns Valley man agreed to plead no contest to a misdemeanor charge of being an accessory after the fact after being arrested in May during an undercover sting operation.

Nicholas Salvator Mauceli, 28, had been contacted by a member of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, who had answered a classified ad in a pot magazine from a man looking to buy 10 pounds of indoor marijuana.

The deputy allegedly eventually received a text from Mauceli, who was trying to negotiate a purchase, and the two eventually agreed to meet after Mauceli allegedly agreed to buy 10 pounds of marijuana for $2,200
a pound.

The two met and negotiated, and a traffic stop was then initiated after the transaction.

Mauceli allegedly was seen throwing a small amount of marijuana out of his vehicle prior to the traffic stop, and deputies allegedly found $27,000 in cash in the vehicle.

Mauceli had been charged with transportation of a controlled substance and attempted possession of marijuana for sale.

He did have two separate recommendations for medical marijuana, however, said Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips.

In Nevada County Superior Court Thursday afternoon, Mauceli took the plea agreement in return for three years probation and credit for time served.

In other court news

A further felony conference was scheduled for Nov. 15 for a Penn Valley man who has pleaded not guilty to 12 counts
of sexual abuse of two girls younger than 10; a preliminary hearing into the evidence was set for Dec. 11.

Ryan Paul Christensen, 32, of Penn Valley, has been charged with four counts of sexual intercourse or sodomy of a child younger than 10, three counts of lewd acts on a child, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child, one count of committing a forcible lewd act and two counts of sodomy of a child younger than 14.

The charges cover a time period from 2006 to 2011, and the victims allegedly were as young as 5 years old at the time of some of the counts, according to the complaint.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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