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Nevada County drug sweep nets nine arrests

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force teamed up with the county’s Probation Department in a county-wide sweep Tuesday, arresting a number of people on a variety of drug charges.

The majority of those arrests were made at an apartment complex in the 100 block of West Berryhill Drive in Grass Valley.

Paul Wesley Dempster, 28, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation, and was booked into county jail without bail.

William Francis Goodrick, 46, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance, and was booked and released on $1,000 bail. Alicia Christine O’Donnell, 25, was arrested at the same apartment on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating probation; she was being held without bail.

Also at that apartment, task force members arrested Brenda Lynn Woodward, 44, after finding her in possession of Dilaudid and methamphetamine, said Sheriff’s Lt. Stephen Tripp.

She was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, possessing narcotics, possessing drug paraphernalia and violating probation, and was being held without bail.

Autumn Renee Wyatt, 30, allegedly was found with more than 1 gram of meth in her brassiere, and a little more in her purse, said Sgt. Guy Selleck. She also had a meth pipe and several needles, he said.

She was booked into county jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, being under the influence of a controlled substance and violating probation.

She was being held without bail.

Narcotics detectives also arrested two men during traffic stops in Grass Valley, one of whom recently pleaded no contest to drug sales in the seizure of nearly 2 pounds of meth in February of last year.

A task force member spotted Mark Dewayne Bowden, 33, driving in the Brunswick Basin area at about 8 p.m. Tuesday, Tripp said.

The deputy pulled Bowden over on Old Tunnel Road and searched him and his vehicle, knowing that he had search terms, Tripp said.

He allegedly found approximately 2 ounces of meth with an estimated street value of $1,600.

Bowden was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, transporting a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance for sale, as well as committing a felony while on bail. He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail.

Bowden had pleaded no contest to one count of possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell in Nevada County Superior Court Jan. 29 in connection with the 2012 arrest, when he was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer with nearly 2 pounds of meth, a digital scale, packaging materials, and about $5,000 in cash.

He had taken the plea agreement in exchange for a stipulated two-year prison sentence, and was set to be sentenced April 8.

Derek Lee Pinneo, 28, was arrested earlier in the day by a narcotics detective at Town Talk and Brunswick roads. He had an outstanding warrant, according to Tripp.

He allegedly was found with a small amount of meth, and was arrested on suspicion of possessing and transporting a controlled substance, as well as driving on a suspended license.

He was being held in lieu of $36,080 bail.

Two other people were arrested in the 15000 block of Sunnyvale Lane.

Troy Allan James, 46, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, as well as violating probation, and was being held without bail; a second person was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.

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

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