Patch piracy call ends in man’s arrest |

Patch piracy call ends in man’s arrest

A man who called 911 because he reportedly believed robbers were trying to steal marijuana was the one who ended up in county jail after no intruders were found.

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence in the 2200 block of Perimeter Road just before 3 p.m. Monday after a man called to report firing two shots at trespassers.

According to dispatch reports, the man said he feared for his life and was hiding in the house.

“He said he had a marijuana grow and shot at intruders, and had barricaded himself inside his residence,” said Sheriff Keith Royal.

Deputies responded, as did the California Highway patrol helicopter, with the pilot reporting no activity on the property, Royal said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they contacted a man identified as Daryl Owen Ford, 38, and ordered him to come out of the residence.

Ford was handcuffed and the buildings on the property were checked, Royal said.

Deputies reportedly found a shotgun — which had been discharged — inside the residence, a “large” marijuana grow inside a greenhouse, and marijuana drying inside the residence, as well as evidence of a butane honey oil lab.

Ford appeared to be under the influence of a controlled substance and had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest, Royal said.

“There was no sign of intruders,” Royal said. “There was nobody (else) on the property.”

Royal added that Ford told them he lived in a small travel trailer inside the marijuana grow area, but did not know who tended it.

Ford, who is a convicted felon, was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance while armed, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and an outstanding warrant. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $52,500 bail.

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

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