Multiple people were arrested or cited as part of a plain-clothes saturation operation by Nevada City Police Department Thursday.
Michael Gaines Clark, 24, of St. Johns, Ind., was arrested around 3 p.m. Thursday on charges of possession, sale and transportation of illegal narcotics that reportedly included LSD, said Nevada City Police Department Sgt. Paul Rohde.
“We had plain-clothes officers in downtown Nevada City and they witnessed a hand-to-hand drug deal,” he said.
Two plain-clothes officers were eating pizza on the Nevada City Boardwalk on Commercial Street when they witnesses the blatant transaction, according to NCPD officials.
Clark was held in lieu of $35,000 bail Thursday afternoon.
Dan Van Doren, 22, of Grass Valley, was allegedly purchasing drugs from Clark and was arrested on a local warrant, but he was under the influence and taken to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was cited and released, said Nevada City officer Shane Franssen.
Keith Hinman, 29, of Nevada City, was cited and released for allegedly possessing 28.5 grams of marijuana, and Edwardo Perez, 23, of Grass Valley, was cited and released for a possession of marijuana charge.
The saturation patrol is a newer program that has been an effective means of detecting crime, Rohde said.
“It’s difficult for officers to come across these things because we stick out like a sore thumb,” he said. “When you put some plainclothes officers out there, it makes a big difference. It’s not our first one, and it certainly won’t be our last one.”
— Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker contributed to this report. To contact Staff Writer Jennifer Terman, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4230.