Grass Valley drug bust ends in four arrests
February 7, 2014
Narcotics detectives looking for a Grass Valley man suspected of selling meth, heroin and weapons ended up arresting three other people, as well, early Wednesday morning.
Members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force had been investigating Samuel Taylor Wilson for about six months, said Sheriff Keith Royal.
They went to his residence on the 100 block of Ophir Street after obtaining a search warrant, then waited for him to come home, which he did, driving up at about 2 a.m.
Detectives searched Wilson and reportedly found 11.5 grams of heroin and 6.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found an AirSoft handgun concealed in his waistband, as well as a meth pipe, Royal said.
A search of Wilson's vehicle reportedly uncovered digital scales, 10 hydrocodone pills, drug paraphernalia and a .38 pistol.
Wilson's passenger, identified as Seth Ryan Dentinger, 22, reportedly also had 10 hydrocodone pills and was found to be under the influence.
Detectives found two people inside Wilson's apartment — Heather Eilene Norton, 31, who had five outstanding warrants, and John Lemisio Sooto, 31.
They also found marijuana, drug paraphernalia, packaging, hypodermic syringes and a meth pipe inside the apartment, Royal said.
Norton was arrested on her warrants and was being held without bail. Sooto was booked and released on suspicion of violating his probation.
Dentinger was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance and was being held in lieu of $11,000 bail.
Wilson, 33, was booked on charges of possessing a controlled substance, transporting and possessing a controlled substance for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held in lieu of $36,000 bail.
Wilson is currently facing prosecution in Sacramento County on charges of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm, driving without a license and carrying a concealed firearm.
Charges were filed in November and he was set to appear in court Wednesday.
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