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Alta Sierra man arrested on weapons, pot charges


An Alta Sierra man was arrested Tuesday on drug and weapons charges after the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on his Clover Valley Road home.

Task force members searched the property of William Stephen Downey, 25, in the 15000 block of Clover Valley Road, during an investigation into his alleged marijuana cultivation, said a spokesman.

Deputies allegedly located 36 marijuana plants and 5 pounds of marijuana cola, as well as honey oil, the spokesman said.

They also allegedly found scales, packaging material and manufacturing equipment and located text messages on his cell phone referencing sales.

Downey had a number of weapons on the property, according to the spokesman — an AK-47 assault rifle with high-capacity magazines, two shotguns, two rifles and a loaded 45-caliber handgun next to his bed, as well as several thousand rounds of ammunition.

Downey also had four bull mastiffs acting as guard dogs, the spokesman said.

He was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possessing marijuana for sale, possessing an assault rifle and committing a felony while armed. He was booked and released on $10,000 bail.

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


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