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Meth bust nets 12 arrests

People allegedly drove up to a Grass Valley house – one honked his horn for window delivery – and bought methamphetamine from a Nevada County narcotics officer in a drug bust that turned into a sting operation.

In the middle of searching a suspected drug dealer’s apartment for drugs late Tuesday, officers with the county Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Task Force picked up two ringing cell phones – and made more deals, leading to more arrests.

Two of those arrested brought along a 14-year-old boy, who was found in their car.

Among the items found in the house was a “Whizzinator,” a device resembling a male body part that straps on and is used to provide drug-free urine samples.

“We were unable to determine who that belonged to,” said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Narcotics task force members and detectives with the sheriff’s Major Crime Unit served a search warrant on William Folden, his residence and his vehicle, in the 300 block of First Street, near downtown.

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As deputies arrived at the apartment Tuesday, they found one of the residents, Timothy Blankenship, outside in the driveway area. The other residents – Folden, Angelina Sinclair, Devon Howell and Christopher Eric Wilson – were found inside and detained.

A search of the residence revealed 20.1 grams of methamphetamine, scales, packaging material, approximately $900, morphine tablets, and drug paraphernalia, Royal said.

Meanwhile, both Blankenship’s and Folden’s cellular telephones continued to ring. Because the search warrant allowed officers to answer phones, an undercover officer spoke to numerous people who allegedly wanted to buy meth, Royal said.

Several people came to the apartment to buy; three were subsequently arrested on various drug charges and two were cited and released, Royal added.

“The undercover officer took one more call to buy meth before leaving,” Royal said. “Ten minutes later, a vehicle parked on the street and the occupant began honking the horn.”

The officer completed the “deal” and arrested Donald Ray Webb and April Carolyn Heaton, whose 14-year-old son was in the back seat. The boy was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Webb, 55, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, driving without a license and child endangerment. He was being held in lieu of $35,338 bail.

Heaton, 40, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment. She was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Blankenship, 30, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, violation of probation, violation of parole, and maintaining a residence for the use or sales of a controlled substance. He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Folden, 45, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance, violation of parole, and maintaining a residence for the use or sales of a controlled substance. He was being held in lieu of $26,000 bail.

Wilson, 22, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and maintaining a residence for the use or sales of a controlled substance. He was being held in lieu of $45,000 bail.

Sinclair, 20, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a residence for the use or sales of a controlled substance. She was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Howell, 22, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She was released on $1,000 bail.

Kenneth Stewart Greer, 30, and Dirk Schriner, 30, also were found inside the apartment.

Greer was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was being held in lieu of $12,000 bail.

Schriner was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and failure to register as a sex offender. He was being held in lieu of $11,000.

Steven Edward Spreadbury, 42, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was released on $1,000 bail.

Don Anderson Lewis, 44, of Grass Valley, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance and trying to destroy or conceal evidence. He was being held in lieu of $12,000 bail.

Jack Joe Pepple, 59, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was released on $1,000 bail.

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

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