Probationer reportedly caught with bins full of pot |

Probationer reportedly caught with bins full of pot

Grass Valley Police detectives looking to interview a possible witness in a theft case ended up arresting the man on a number of drug charges.

Officers went to the residence of Travis Lee Pate in the 10000 block of Newtown Road Wednesday afternoon, said Sgt. Steve Johnson.

While at the residence, they conducted a probation check on Pate and found "numerous" illegal items, Johnson said.

"There were four 35-gallon plastic bins and one 20-gallon bin full of dried, processed, trimmed marijuana," he said. They also found 94 grams of hash."

In addition to the marijuana, detectives reportedly found a number of prescription drugs for which Pate did not have a prescription, including buprenorphine, a semisynthetic opioid.

The search also uncovered scales and packaging material, as well as drug paraphernalia, including spoons and needles, Johnson said.

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Pate, 33, was charged with drug sales in September 2012 and with burglary and violating probation in December 2012. His most recent court case involved domestic violence charges, in July 2013.

He was arrested in the most recent incident on suspicion of cultivating marijuana; possessing marijuana for sale; possessing hash, controlled substances and drug paraphernalia; and violating probation. He was being held without bail.

Pate was arraigned on the charges Friday and is set to return to drug court on Monday.

Pate's wife, Katherine, was not arrested at the scene but will face similar charges, with the exception of the probation violation.

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