Text to narcotics officer ends in arrest

A Grass Valley woman who reportedly inadvertently texted the details of a proposed drug sale to a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested on a number of drug charges.

The woman, identified as Jessie Leanne Mulligan, sent a text to a cell phone belonging to the deputy, said Sgt. Bob Jakobs.

“She thought she was exchanging a message with someone named Eric and offered to sell Eric a Fentanyl patch,” Jakobs said.

The patch, a synthetic opiate, reportedly was offered to “Eric” for $20. A member of the Narcotics Task Force arranged to meet Mulligan at the Nevada City Elks Lodge Saturday, Jakobs said.

Task force members conducted a surveillance and a vehicle pulled in containing Mulligan. A search of the vehicle reportedly uncovered an unopened Fentanyl patch on the floorboard of the vehicle.

Mulligan, 25, was arrested on suspicion of transporting and possessing a controlled substance for sale, as well as possessing a narcotic. She was booked into county jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as Lindsey Lanskey, 26, was booked and released on suspicion of driving on a suspended license.

Woman reportedly found with meth after traffic stop

A woman who was the passenger in a vehicle pulled over for expired registration ended up going to jail on drug charges.

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy pulled the vehicle over on Highway 49 and Drunker Miners Road and found Rhonda Lee Needles, 39, to be on probation with search and seizure terms, Jakobs said.

The deputy searched a backpack identified as belonging to Needles and reportedly found about 3 grams of methamphetamine in “numerous” baggies, as well as five syringes, a scale and a number of Ziploc bags.

She was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance for sale, possessing drug paraphernalia and possessing a controlled substance. She was booked and released on $36,000 bail.

The female driver was warned abut driving on a suspended license and released at the scene.

Grass Valley Police have busy night

Grass Valley Police officers searching for a wanted felon first arrested a man at her residence on drug charges Sunday — and later arrested her and a companion after they reportedly provided false names.

Officers went to an apartment in the 200 block of Main Street at about 8 p.m. looking for Brittany Marie Nash, said Sgt. Clint Bates.

While Nash was not there, they reportedly obtained consent to search the apartment. A man at the residence, identified as Vincent Michael Joseph Nigro, was on probation with search terms and was found with 13 grams of heroin on his person, Bates said.

Nigro was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and violating probation and was being held without bail.

About a half-hour later, officers responded to a report of a suspicious rental vehicle in the 100 block of Springhill Drive and located a man identified as Jack Kibbe, 33. Kibbe reportedly had a fixed-blade knife in the pocket of his jeans with no sheath. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Kibbe was recently arrested in connection with a Sept. 29 attempted robbery in which he reportedly pulled a knife.

Nash ended up getting arrested later the same night after a patrol officer reportedly saw two possible prowlers, a man and a woman, at Walsh and Townsend streets at about 11 p.m.

“They both gave false names,” Bates said.

Nash gave the name of a family member, while her male companion, Casey Don Soward, gave a completely false name, Bates said.

Nash reportedly had a prescription medication, for which she did not have a prescription, hidden inside a lipstick container. She was arrested on suspicion of impersonating another and violating probation and was being held in county jail without bail.

Soward, 25, was searched and reportedly had five used syringes and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a concealed knife inside his waistband. He was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed knife, possessing drug paraphernalia and providing a false ID to a peace officer. He was being held in lieu of $11,750 bail.

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


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