Four arrested on drug charges at Grass Valley apartment complex |

Four arrested on drug charges at Grass Valley apartment complex

Daniel Bonilla

Narcotics detectives serving search warrants at a Grass Valley apartment complex on Wednesday arrested four people on a variety of drug-related charges and took one small child into protective custody.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served warrants on two apartments at Valley Commons, in the 1400 block of Segsworth Way, said Sgt. Justin Martin.

At one apartment, detectives found a 2-year-old child sleeping in the living room on a make-shift bed, Martin said.

The child’s mother, Autumn Brooke Pearson, and Derek Martin Knill were on a mattress next to the toddler’s bed.

“Underneath the mattress, we located a loaded .25-caliber pistol that was accessible to the child,” Martin said. “Throughout the residence were multiple syringes, both used and new, capped and uncapped, as well as heroin and methamphetamine.”

Detectives reportedly also located two digital scales and multiple baggies, as well as items associated with the manufacture of butane honey oil.

Child Protective Services was called because there was concern of possible great bodily harm to the child, Martin added.

Knill, 26, was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, heroin, and drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance while armed, possession of a controlled substance for sale, and committing a felony while on bail.

He was being held in lieu of $300,000 bail.

Pearson, 21, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, manufacturing a controlled substance, and child endangerment, and was being held in lieu of $40,500 bail.

At the second apartment, the tenant, Donald Deskins, reportedly was in possession of drug paraphernalia and suspected heroin.

Due to a medical condition, Deskins was cited and released, on suspicion of maintaining a residence for the use of controlled substances.

Another man at the apartment, Daniel Gregory Bonilla, 32, was booked on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, as well as bringing contraband into jail. He was being held in lieu of $13,000 bail.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call 530-477-4229.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User