2 suspects snagged in drug bust | TheUnion.com

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 lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User