2 suspects snagged in drug bust
A Grass Valley man was arrested by county narcotics officers after they allegedly discovered a box containing methamphetamine magnetically attached to the bottom of his vehicle.
Joel Taylor Franks, 51, was spotted by members of the narcotics task force at about 2:40 p.m. Thursday pulling into a gasoline station on Plaza Drive, said Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal. Franks had been released on his own recognizance on a pending drug case and was subject to search and seizure, Royal said.
Team members allegedly found a small amount of meth inside the vehicle, then did a more thorough search and spotted the man-made box, Royal said.
“They know these guys can get creative,” Royal said.
About 8 grams of suspected meth allegedly was found inside the box, as well as drug paraphernalia, packaging material, a scale with reside and $600 in cash.
Franks was arrested on suspicion of possessing controlled substances and paraphernalia, possession for sale, transporting for sale, being under the influence of a controlled substance, and committing a felony while on bail.
Just a few minutes later, a sheriff’s deputy was patrolling East Bennett Street and saw a vehicle with two people inside, which sped off when approached, Royal said. The deputy then allegedly saw the vehicle pull over and someone inside throw a black object out, which he initially believed to be a gun, Royal said.
The deputy pulled over the vehicle and the black object was found to be a bag allegedly containing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
The driver was identified as Kristopher Bessant, 28. He was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, driving under the influence of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license.
The passenger, Rodney Dale Wilson, 25, was found to have an outstanding warrant from Placer County and a local no-bail warrant.
To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (530) 477-4229.
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