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3 busted for hash delivery

A package containing hashish sent from western Nevada County and delivered to an unintended recipient in Wisconsin landed the senders in jail this week.

Acting on a tip from police in La Crosse, Wis., Nevada County Sheriff’s narcotics officers on Tuesday searched a home on the 18700 block of Joseph Drive in Alta Sierra. There, they found a “sophisticated” 200-plant marijuana grow, as well as evidence of marijuana and hashish sales, officers said.

The three residents of the rented home – Melissa Brooke Armstrong, 24; Ian James Davidson, 24; and Stephen Robert Shelley, 25 – were arrested on suspicion of planting or cultivating marijuana or hashish, possession of marijuana or hashish for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime.



Davidson was also charged with transporting more than one ounce of marijuana. He is the one who reportedly mailed the package to Wisconsin, according to La Crosse court records.

The investigation into the three Alta Sierra suspects began when a La Crosse resident inadvertently received a package addressed to Arthur Hoffman, a University of Wisconsin-La Crosse student who lived several blocks away from where the package was delivered.




“The wrong person got it and called police,” Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said.

The package contained sealed bags of hashish, according to the sheriff’s office. La Crosse police searched Hoffman’s home and found an additional pound of marijuana and $7,900 in cash in a safe last Saturday.

Hoffman, 23, admitted that the package, which had Davidson’s name and address on it, came from Alta Sierra.

“It’s unknown whether they were selling or giving it to a friend,” Royal said.

Hoffman now faces charges of conspiracy to deliver marijuana and possession of marijuana with intent to deliver.

At 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, investigators searched the Joseph Drive home and arrested Armstrong and Davidson. Along with the marijuana plants, they seized a considerable amount of marijuana that was packaged and meant for sale, Royal said.

Investigators then drove to Auburn, where they arrested Shelley at his workplace.

Royal said that none of the three has a prior criminal history.

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The La Crosse (Wis.) Tribune contributed to this story.


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