Court Summary: Charges dismissed for one of seven meth lab defendants
One of seven defendants in a methamphetamine lab case had his charges dismissed Thursday in Nevada County Superior Court.
Jason D. Stacy, 30, of Grass Valley had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, conspiracy to manufacture and child endangerment after narcotics agents raided a Vintage Drive home off Lime Kiln Road on Dec. 20.
Stacy’s court-appointed lawyer, Barbara Coffman of Nevada City, said her client was “in the wrong place at the wrong time” and had been at the house 10 minutes when agents executed their search warrant.
Another defendant, 21-year-old Laura K. Lee, pleaded no contest to child endangerment Jan. 10 and was sentenced to three years’ probation and a 90-day suspended jail term.
Other defendants have a preliminary hearing Feb. 28.
— Two of four Grass Valley-area men accused of cultivating marijuana with stolen electricity pleaded not guilty Feb. 11. Steven Jaramillo, 27, and Abraham N. Harris, 21, have felony conferences March 21.
The other two, 20-year-old Richard Jaramillo and 21-year-old Freddie Jaramillo, have arraignments March 11. All four are charged with marijuana cultivation, possession of marijuana for sale and theft of utility services.
Narcotics agents reported finding indoor growing operations Jan. 12 at a Message Place home, near Lime Kiln Road, and Jan. 16 at a Squirrel Creek Road home.
The alleged gardens were lighted by electrical setups that bypassed the power meters at each house, narcotics agents reported.
— Richard J. Lynch, 28, of Stockton was arraigned Jan. 11 on counts of manufacturing and transporting methamphetamine, assault with a vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon and recklessly evading a peace officer. He’s scheduled to enter a plea Thursday.
Lynch, a parolee with Grass Valley connections, is accused of assaulting a man with a flashlight Jan. 16 and then leading a chase on foot through Grass Valley on Feb. 6 before his capture. Grass Valley police reported finding meth and manufacturing equipment in the car he drove.
— Erik Dean Lee, 29, of Nevada City pleaded not guilty Feb. 11 to domestic assault, cruelty to a child, assault with a deadly weapon and battery. He has a preliminary hearing Feb. 26.
The Sheriff’s Office claims Lee assaulted a woman and a child, at various times wielding a gun or machete.
— Garrett M. Kaminaka, 18, of Grass Valley pleaded not guilty Feb. 11 to burglary and vehicle theft.
He and a 17-year-old are accused of stealing a vehicle from Weaver Automotive in Grass Valley on Feb. 2 and leading the police and California Highway Patrol on a chase east along Highway 20 to Yuba Gap, then west along Interstate 80 to Alta, where the vehicle’s tires were flattened by CHP spike strips. The 17-year-old was the driver, according to police.
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