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‘Plain-clothes’ cops cite 2 men, arrest another in Nevada City

Jennifer Terman
Staff Writer

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.

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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 jterman@theunion.com or call 530-477-4230.

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