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February 15, 2014
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Meth, heroin discovered in block of wood by Nevada County Sheriff

A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy made a traffic stop early Friday morning after finding a truck parked in the middle of the road — and all four occupants ended up in jail after a hollowed-out block of wood in the bed of the truck was reportedly found to contain heroin and other controlled substances, as well as drug paraphernalia.

The deputy, who was on patrol, noticed the truck at Granholm Lane and Gold Flat Road at about 4:10 a.m.

The deputy turned around and pulled in behind the truck, which then moved to the side of the road for the traffic stop, said Sheriff’s Capt. Jeff Pettitt.

The driver was identified as Marc Silva, 46, of Rough and Ready.

The deputy approached the truck and noticed a large knife handle protruding from between the driver’s seat and the center console, as well as a smaller knife handle protruding from the sun visor, Pettitt said.

All four occupants were asked to exit the truck and Silva reportedly gave his consent to search it.

One of the passengers, identified as Marcus James Brewer, 25, of Marysville, was wearing bulky clothing and admitted to having a BB handgun in the waistband of his pants, Pettitt said.

A female passenger identified as Shaneen Moore reportedly had a burglary kit containing drill bits and keys on her person and had an outstanding burglary warrant out of Sutter County. She was arrested, and while at the jail, reportedly admitted to having a loaded syringe in her bra.

A search of the truck cab didn’t turn up any contraband, Pettitt said.

But a 4x6 block of wood in the bed of the pickup, which had been cut in half and was held together with Allen bolts, reportedly warranted a closer look.

It proved to have been hollowed out to provide a hiding place. Inside, deputies reportedly found 6.75 grams of heroin, 8.5 grams of methamphetamine, 34.4 grams of amphetamine salts (Adderall), a small amount of marijuana, several drug scales and hypodermic needles.

Silva was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was booked and released on $36,000 bail.

Brewer was charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and tampering with evidence, booked and released on $12,500 bail.

Moore was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools, as well as the outstanding warrants, Pettitt said. The fourth passenger, Thomas Bailes, reportedly was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and committing a felony while out on bail. Their bail amounts were not available as of press time.

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