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Five arrested after search warrant uncovers ammo, stolen police gear

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics task force served a search warrant on a Nevada City property Monday afternoon, allegedly finding ammunition and stolen law enforcement gear, and arrested five people on a variety of charges.

Deputies searched a mobile home on the property in the 11000 block of Scotts Valley Road, as well as a trailer parked next to a marijuana grow. The neatly tended garden had a dozen plants in raised beds, as well as more than two dozen smaller plants in pots.

No medical marijuana recommendations were posted at that garden or another, smaller garden on the other side of the residence, said Sgt. Guy Selleck.

“As you can see, the square footage is a little off” from the county’s medical marijuana cultivation ordinance requirements, Selleck said, adding the owners likely would be cited for failing to comply with the ordinance.

The search warrant was for methamphetamine and named property owner Robert Johnson, as well as Sandra Nickens.

Deputies located several meth pipes, as well as empty bags that apparently had contained meth and scales, said Sheriff’s Deputy Nate Hutson.

A K-9 was brought in, but no drugs or weapons were found, Hutson said.

The search allegedly did uncover ammunition, as well as a magazine for an assault-style rifle and two “law enforcement-style” magazines for a Glock.

Deputies also found property stolen from law enforcement — a raid vest with pepper spray and handcuffs and a police badge from the city of Isleton, Hutson said.

Johnson was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and being in possession of stolen property, as well as being a felon in possession of ammunition. He was charged with possessing an illegal weapon after deputies allegedly found a homemade sap fashioned from a lock and a bungee cord, as well as with making a threat against a peace officer for statements allegedly made after his arrest.

Nickens was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Three men found on the property also were arrested.

Brad Lee Pinneo, 34, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance. He was booked and released on $2,000 bail.

Derek Lee Pinneo, 29, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as multiple outstanding warrants. He was being held in lieu of $44,080 bail.

Eric Stuart Cowan was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, as well as a warrant.

Further information on bail amounts was not available as of press time.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

“As you can see, the square footage is a little off …”

— Sgt. Guy Selleck,
on a marijuana grow discovered while serving a search warrant


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