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Five arrested on drug charges

Five people were arrested Tuesday after Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies allegedly found methamphetamine and prescription medication at a Ridge Road residence.

The same residence – and one of its tenants – was the target of a search warrant just three months ago that led to several arrests.

Members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force went to the home in the 2400 block of Ridge Road at about 11 a.m. Tuesday to check on Harry Theodore Brown, Donald Hundevadt, and Christine Sharsmitt, all of whom were on search terms as part of their probation, said a task-force spokesman.



Deputies also found Geoff Russell Johannsen, 27, of Grass Valley, and Dennis Alan Ferguson, 23, at the residence.

“All five were under the influence of a controlled substance,” the spokesman said.




A search of the residence allegedly uncovered a quarter-gram of methamphetamine, as well as hydromorphone and Xanax.

Brown, 40, allegedly was found to have two syringes in his pocket. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia, booked and released on $2,000 bail.

Johannsen was arrested on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance, being under the influence of a controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia. He was booked and released on $12,000 bail.

Ferguson had an outstanding warrant, and was also arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and providing false identification. He was booked and released on $18,500 bail.

Hundevadt, 31, had four outstanding warrants. He was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and committing a felony while on bail. He was being held in county jail in lieu of $173,000 bail.

Sharsmitt, 30, was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of a controlled substance and maintaining a place for the use or sale of controlled substances. She was booked and released on $11,000 bail.

Hundevadt had been arrested at the Ridge Road residence in late February 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 including syringes and pipes.

He also had been arrested in December after being pulled over for a traffic violation. A Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy had stopped him and a search allegedly uncovered methamphetamine, synthetic morphine, meth pipes, syringes, brass knuckles and a switchblade. He also allegedly had false registration papers.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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