Trio arrested in Auburn on warrant, drug charges |

Trio arrested in Auburn on warrant, drug charges

The Union staff
Tanner McCann

Placer County detectives arrested three people — one of whom had multiple arrests in Nevada County — at an Auburn residence Wednesday after reportedly receiving numerous complaints that it was a drug house.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation, led by the Special Operations Unit, for suspected narcotics sales at the residence located off Flood Road, according to a press release. The investigation led to a search warrant that was served Wednesday.

According to the release, heroin and LSD were located at the house, as well as vials of Narcan, which is used to treat overdoses.

Nova Johnson, 39, of Auburn, was arrested on suspicion of possession of narcotics and maintaining a drug house. Her bail is set at $10,000 and she was booked at the Auburn Main Jail.

Katherine Unwin, 30, of Rocklin, was arrested for five outstanding warrants; her bail is set at $52,500.

Tanner McCann, 26, was arrested for three outstanding warrants; his bail is set at $30,000. McCann’s address was listed as Auburn, but he has Nevada County ties and has several felony and misdemeanor arrests locally dating back to 2014 and 2015.

In September 2015, Grass Valley Police officers arrested him on drug charges, after receiving reports that he might be dead inside a car parked in the Grass Valley Dollar Store parking lot.

McCann was seated in the front passenger seat and reportedly was slumped over and holding a glass pipe in his left hand. He allegedly was in possession of two amphetamine pills, suspected heroin and methamphetamines.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

In November of the same year, McCann was arrested at a park-and-ride lot in Penn Valley by CHP officers as they responded to a call regarding two men behaving suspiciously. McCann was the passenger in a stolen truck that reportedly contained black tar heroin and burglary tools, including a face mask, night vision goggles, and two pairs of bolt-cutters, drug paraphernalia including pipes, spoons and needles, and assorted prescription medication.

In that case, McCann pleaded to possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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