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A Nevada City man was arrested for embezzlement after admitting to sheriff’s deputies he stole gold from a jeweler on Rough and Ready Highway who employed him, and sold it to another jeweler in town.

Royal said the man’s employer noticed some inventory – gold nuggets and gold quartz – was missing Jan. 7.

When deputies searched the suspected embezzler, David Mashburn, 27, as they booked him into jail Friday, they found a small plastic bag in his pants pocket containing white crystals.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Mashburn admitted the substance was methamphetamine, so deputies added an additional charge of possession of a controlled substance.

A liquid substance provided to sheriff’s deputies by a North San Juan man Saturday night is not used to make methamphetamine, officials said Tuesday.

The substance, tested Tuesday at a California Department of Justice lab, is not “meth oil,” said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith.

Michael D. Walker of North San Juan reportedly told a sheriff’s deputy Saturday the oil was the type used to make methamphetamine.

Later that night a deputy found several jars of the substance in Walker’s house, and arrested him on suspicion of manufacturing methamphetamine.

Smith said the manufacturing charge against Walker has been dropped, but he is still being held at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility for violation of probation; Walker failed to attend a drug treatment program as part of his sentence for a former drug charge, Smith said.

– Robyn Moormeister

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