Narcotics officer injured in meth bust |

Narcotics officer injured in meth bust

Eric Meyer
Nevada County Sheriff Department |

A narcotics detective was seriously injured in a fall sustained during the search of a residence that ended in the arrest of a man — reportedly hiding in the attic — on drug sale charges.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, as well as deputies on patrol, had gone to the residence in the 10000 block of Rough and Ready Highway late Thursday night on a probation search, said Sheriff’s Lt. Bill Smethers.

As they arrived, they found several people in a detached garage on the property, and could hear several people running up some stairs and across the floor.

Four people on the main floor of the garage were detained — but the one or two people possibly in the attic refused to come out despite repeated commands — a situation that continued for several minutes without any cooperation, Smethers said.

Because of concerns that the potential suspects in the attic could be armed, a K-9 unit from Placer County was requested. After the K-9 arrived, a man identified as Eric Roland Meyer eventually emerged from the attic and was detained.

During a subsequent search of the attic space — which uncovered 69 grams of crystal methamphetamine — a detective slipped on a rafter and fell through the sheetrock to the ground, breaking his arm and sustaining a mild concussion, Smethers said.

Meyer, 46, was booked into county jail on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance for sale, obstruction, resisting arrest and causing serious bodily injury, and committing a felony on bail, as well as for an outstanding warrant.

A bail enhancement of $1 million was requested because of Meyer being arrested while out on bail for an earlier offense, Smethers said.

Meyer has a lengthy criminal history in Nevada County dating back to 1990, according to court records.

His criminal cases include assault and battery in 1993 and battery in 1995, driving under the influence in 1999, assault with a deadly weapon in 2010 and possessing a controlled substance for sale that same year.

In March 2014, Meyer was sought in connection with a reported kidnapping case that stemmed from allegations of marijuana theft. The alleged victim’s girlfriend reportedly had been accused by the suspects as having stolen 20 pounds of marijuana; he reportedly was lured to Meyer’s residence, beaten and held against his will. Meyer was never charged in the incident, however.

In August, he was arrested and charged with possessing a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

Meyer was arrested in October after a sheriff’s deputy reportedly found possibly stolen marijuana and a .45 caliber loaded handgun inside his home.

The deputy responded to a report of a 911 “open line” and saw Meyer standing near the front door. When Meyer saw the deputy, he reportedly fled into the home, locking the door behind him.

The deputy broke down the door and a short physical altercation led to Meyer being arrested.

In Meyer’s vehicle, deputies reportedly located a full ghillie suit (a type of camouflage used by snipers in the military or by hunters), a Halloween mask, bolt cutters, a lock pick set to include a lock punch, amounts of camouflage clothing with marijuana residue, large tree branch saws, and knives.

He is facing charges of being a felon in possession of a gun, resisting arrest and possessing burglary tools in that case.

In November, he ended up in jail after several reports of fights at the same residence over the course of two days.

Two men reportedly had fought with Meyer, who sustained minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

A protective sweep of the residence was conducted and deputies reportedly located seven long guns, one of which had been stolen out of Nevada County.

Meyer was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition, and being in possession of stolen property.

And in February, he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor charges of possessing controlled substances and drug paraphernalia. He is set to appear in court on Tuesday in that case and on Thursday on the felony cases.

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

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