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Drug task force busts eight

Eight people including a man on parole from prison were arrested Wednesday afternoon on a variety of drug charges in a busy day for the Nevada County Narcotics Task Force.

The largest of three arrest scenes began when officers saw Darrin McCollough, 42, pumping gas at a Nevada City service station about 3:20 p.m., according to Lt.Frank Koehler of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers called McCollough’s parole officer, who told them he had not made a recent appointment and wanted him picked up, Koehler said.



When officers approached McCollough, they allegedly found him with a methamphetamine pipe and charged him on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.

That triggered a search of his residence on Rollins Park Drive in Chicago Park. Once there another four people were arrested, “most of them well-known to officers,” Koehler said.




One was Matthew Bandy, 45, who was on parole from state prison and was allegedly found with one-half ounce of methamphetamine in his vehicle, weighing scales, and $627 in cash.

He was arrested on suspicion of a parole violation, possessing drugs for sale, being under the influence and possession of methamphetamine.

Also arrested at the scene were Landon Kehn, 20, on suspicion of possession of drugs; Kelly Kehn, 48, on suspicion of possession of ecstacy; Patrick Mulligan, 22, on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine, possession of a meth pipe, being under the influence of meth and violating his probation, and Elizabeth Nisbet, 20, on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.

Earlier in the day around noon, Narcotics Task Force Officers were checking marijuana grows for validity in the Cypress Hill area when they encountered Scott Potwin, 40, on Lidster Ave.

A search of his residence produce two guns and he was arrested on suspicion of being a convicted felon with a firearm, Koehler said.

In between that situation and the first, officers saw Leslie Schofield, age unknown, who was checked by officers. They found Schofield had an outstanding warrant and then allegedly discovered three grams of meth on him.

He was charged and booked on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale and the warrant.


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