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February 20, 2014
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Bust in Grass Valley nets nearly 50 grams of meth

Narcotics detectives conducting surveillance at a Grass Valley motel arrested two people after finding nearly 50 grams of methamphetamine in their room — along with a 2-year-old child, a puppy and a loaded gun.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force were at the Stagecoach Motel in the 400 block of South Auburn Street at about 2 p.m. when they saw a man they recognized as Jack Flavio Noriega exit the room, said Deputy John Dzioba.

“We were aware that he was on parole and was a parolee at large,” Dzioba said. Deputies subsequently took Noriega into custody on the warrant.

Task force members then attempted to enter Noriega’s motel room, repeatedly knocking on the door with no answer, Dzioba said.

A woman identified as Summer Anne Donaldson reportedly eventually opened the door, then tried to prevent deputies from coming in. A struggle ensued, but Donaldson was detained, Dzioba said.

A 2-year-old child of Noriega’s and a pit bull puppy were in the motel room, Dzioba said. During a search, deputies reportedly uncovered a coin purse with 48 grams of meth, scales and packaging material, as well as 89 grams of marijuana and four hydrocodone pills.

Near the coin purse, deputies found a loaded .380 semi-automatic pistol, Dzioba said.

Donaldson reportedly continued to refuse to obey commands and was booked into county jail on suspicion of resisting arrest, then released on $750 bail.

Noriega was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance for sale, committing a felony while armed, being a felon in possession of a firearm and violating parole. He was being held without bail.

The child was taken into custody by Child Protective Services, and the puppy was released to motel management, Dzioba said.

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


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