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FBI called in on pot-related kidnapping on the San Juan Ridge

The FBI was called in after reports of a kidnapping last Thursday on the San Juan Ridge.

The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office received a report of the possible kidnapping of a woman and her 2-year-old child at approximately 1 p.m., said Sheriff Keith Royal.

According to Royal, there were five or six suspects involved, and they came from out of the area.

Detectives from the Major Crimes Unit were called in to assist with the investigation and did, in fact, find the information to be credible. Later that day, the alleged victims involved in the incident were located in the Auburn area, unharmed, Royal said.

Although the motive for this incident has not been determined, it appears to involve marijuana growers and a large sum of money, said Sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Jakobs.

The investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Office has brought in the FBI to assist. Sheriff’s detectives and agents from the FBI have executed a search warrant at the location where the kidnap was alleged to have occurred and the investigation is ongoing. The Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team also was called in to help recover potential evidence along Highway 49.

More information will be released as it becomes available, Royal said, although no further details were available as of Tuesday afternoon.

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

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