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Meth, heroin found during narcotics searches in Nevada County

Donald Hundevadt

Narcotics officers arrested six people after reportedly finding methamphetamine and heroin during searches conducted Wednesday night at a Grass Valley motel and a mobile home park, respectively.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance at the motel in the 400 block of South Auburn Street because they were looking for Donald Hundevadt, wanted on a violation of his post-release community supervision, said Lt. Bill Smethers.

At just before 5:30 p.m., they saw a man who looked like Hundevadt exit a motel room, and contacted him in the parking lot, Smethers said.



The man reportedly gave the detective his cousin’s name, but was subsequently positively identified as Hundevadt.

He was searched and found to be in possession of a small amount of meth and heroin, as well as a pipe and two syringes, Smethers said.




A search of the motel room reportedly uncovered syringes and a drug scale.

Two women in the motel room — one of whom reportedly is pregnant — were contacted and believed to be under the influence of meth and heroin.

Karissa Ladd-Zankich, 23, was arrested on suspicion of a warrant, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia, Smethers said.

Shelly Lynn Bianchi, 25, was booked on charges of being under the influence of a controlled substance and released on $2,500 bail.

Hundevadt was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, impersonating another, and violating his mandatory supervision. He was being held without bail.

Hundevadt, 35, has a number of drug arrests in Nevada County dating back to 2010, according to court records. In December 2011 he was arrested after being pulled over for a traffic violation and allegedly being found with methamphetamine, synthetic morphine, meth pipes, syringes, brass knuckles and a switchblade. He also allegedly had false registration papers.

He was arrested in late February 2012 when deputies allegedly found a sawed-off shotgun belonging to him, as well as 2.95 grams of heroin, 0.7 grams of methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

His most recent case stemmed from a charge of bringing drugs into jail, in 2013.

Probation search ends in three arrests

Later Wednesday night, narcotics detectives and patrol officers conducted a probation search on a mobile home on Lode Line Way, Smethers said.

In April, 13 people had been arrested at the residence and two children were taken into protective custody after detectives reportedly found meth and drug paraphernalia, five rifles in a bedroom closet and a sawed-off shotgun in a shed.

Cory Ellis Nulph, 32, was arrested and charged with child endangerment, keeping a place for the sales of a controlled substance, and possessing a controlled substance for sale. He has pleaded not guilty and is set to appear in Nevada County Superior Court for a felony conference on Sept. 29.

Nulph also was out on bail after an August arrest on spousal abuse charges, Smethers said.

During the search Wednesday, detectives reportedly located 42 grams of meth, as well as a scale in Nulph’s bedroom.

A man identified as David Piland, 28, was found hiding in the bathroom, and had an outstanding warrant for possessing a controlled substance, Smethers said. Piland was booked and released on the $4,000 misdemeanor warrant.

A woman identified as Erica Hoefler, 22, reportedly had a small amount of heroin on her, and was booked on suspicion of possessing a narcotics and released on $2,000 bail.

Nulph was arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled substances for sale, maintaining a place for the sale of controlled substances, and committing a felony while on bail. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $35,000 bail.

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


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