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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.


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