In response to complaints of drug activity along Commercial Street in Nevada City, Nevada City Police officers conducted a saturation patrol Friday night with the help of several of their Grass Valley counterparts.
In a five-hour period, officers ended up arresting a half-dozen people, including a naked man spotted running down the street. Five of those arrests were drug-related, said Nevada City Police Officer Scott Goin.
“We were receiving a lot of complaints from residents and merchants,” Goin said. “We put together the team to target those complaints and see how bad the problem was.”
The first arrest came at 6:15 p.m., when a man identified as Jordan Geary was seen running away from a residence in the 200 block of South Pine Street, naked, wearing only a towel on his head, Goin said.
“Right off the bat, we were starting to drive around, and as we drove (down Pine Street), I observed the man running out of his house,” he said. “I had to do a double take.”
Goin said he recognized the man as Geary, whom he had arrested the week prior on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Goin said he chased Geary about 300 yards as he ran across the Pine Street bridge and up Tribulation Trail.
“He said he thought people were chasing him,” Goin said.
Geary, 25, was booked into the Nevada County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail.
Officers initiated a traffic stop at approximately 6:40 p.m. on a suspicious vehicle seen leaving the area of Calanan Park, pulling it over for vehicle code violations, Goin said.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Bryan Currie, 28, of Grass Valley. During the stop, officers reportedly determined Currie was under the influence of a controlled substance. They subsequently conducted a search and reportedly found Currie to be in possession of Suboxone, a controlled substance used to treat opiate addiction.
Currie was subsequently booked into the Nevada County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance. He was released on $11,000 bail.
Three people were arrested after officers reportedly saw a drug transaction in the old Bank of America parking lot located at the corner of Commercial Street and Union Street.
At approximately 7:11 p.m., officers observed the suspected hand-to-hand transaction, then watched as two of the suspects walked to the public restrooms in Robinson Plaza, Goin said.
Douglas Brantley, 24, and Antoinette Brantley, 28, both of Nevada City, were arrested as they exited the restrooms.
Douglas Brantley reportedly had been tipped off that officers were approaching and discarded a needle loaded with suspected heroin in the trash.
“We found it right on top of the trash,” Goin said.
Douglas Brantley was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and destruction of evidence. He was booked and released on $2,750 bail. Antoinette Brantley was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, booked and released on $1,000 bail.
Officers then detained a man identified as Adam Angelico, 36, of Grass Valley, in Calanan Park, suspecting him of having been involved in the drug transaction. Angelico was booked into the Nevada County Jail on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating post-release community supervision. He was being held without bail.
At approximately 10 p.m., while officers were contacting subjects in the parking lot located at Commercial and Union streets, a man approached an officer and identified himself as Jeramy Guy Mooers, 38, of Cedar Ridge. A records check indicated Mooers had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was subsequently arrested and booked on the outstanding warrant and is being held without bail.
“It was an extremely successful evening for such a short time period,” Goin said. “Both departments look forward to dong the operation again.”
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