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11 arrested in police sweep

A coordinated sweep of five separate properties early Wednesday on San Juan Ridge nabbed 11 people on various charges of having drugs and stolen property, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers found a late-1960s’ model Chevrolet Camaro and a newer KTM Enduro, a high-end, Austrian-built motorcycle. Both were reported stolen from Long Beach, Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith said.

The investigation also turned up methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia; about 22 pounds of marijuana leaves, branches and stems; and a hashish-making operation. There was enough marijuana to process down to about a pound of hashish, Smith said.



At least one of those arrested at the location of the hashish operation had a medical marijuana recommendation, so Deputy District Attorney Ken Tribby, who was present for the raids, decided against prosecuting on that issue, Smith said.

The five properties were on Grizzly Hill, Pleasant Valley, Birchville, Sages and Sweetland roads.




Officers from Grass Valley Police, the California Highway Patrol and representatives from the county Probation Department also participated in the raids that started shortly after daybreak, Smith said.

Those arrested and booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility include:

• John S. Birge, 37, a cabinet maker from North San Juan, on suspicion of receiving two items of stolen property and violating probation. The motorcycle was found at his Pleasant Valley Road residence, Smith said. Bail was set at $10,000.

Birge is on five years of probation stemming from a conviction in a 2004 methamphetamine charge.

• Bryon Arendell, 36, an arborist from Nevada City, on suspicion of receiving stolen property. His bail was set at $10,000.

• Dale M. Lundberg, 42, of Nevada City. No occupation was given. He was booked on suspicion of having methamphetamine, possession for sale, transporting drugs, having drug paraphernalia and having a syringe. Bail was set at $45,000.

• Mary Nola J. Dixon, 28, unemployed, of North San Juan. She was booked on suspicion of having drugs, having more than an ounce of marijuana, having drug paraphernalia and child endangerment. Bail was set at $10,750.

• Rickie Lynn Able, 23, a house cleaner from Nevada City. She was booked on suspicion of having drug paraphernalia. Bail was revoked on an earlier narcotics charge, and no bail was set.

• Jessica Randolph, 26, of North San Juan, Birge’s common-law wife. She was booked on suspicion of receiving stolen property and posted bond on bail of $10,000.

• Diana Henry, 39, unemployed, of Nevada City. She was booked on a local warrant on a charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and on suspicion of having paraphernalia in the new case. Combined bail was set at $3,500.

• Rebecca Richmond aka Lundberg, 31, a homemaker from North San Juan and married to Dale Lundberg. She was booked on suspicion of child endangerment and having a syringe, with bail set at $11,000.

• Patrick G. Carter, 20, unemployed; no place of residence was given. He was booked on a warrant related to an earlier charge of having an ounce or less of marijuana. Bail was set at $1,500.

• Manuel Lovato, 35, of Forest Hill, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor paraphernalia possession and released on his own recognizance.

• Joe Thompson, 27, of Nevada City, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor marijuana or hashish possession and was released on his own recognizance.

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To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@theunion. com or call 477-4231.


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