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Drugs in car land man in jail

A Rough and Ready man was arrested Thursday night for myriad alleged drug offenses after a sheriff’s deputy searched his car and found meth, marijuana, plastic baggies, syringes and scales.

Construction worker Gary Paul Chinberg, 50, is in jail on suspicion of nine drug violations after he was pulled over by a Nevada County Sheriff’s deputy Thursday night on Bitney Springs Road at Rough and Ready Highway.

“He was going at a high rate of speed, well over the speed limit,” Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said Friday.



After Chinberg stopped, the deputy learned he was driving with a suspended license.

The license was suspended because Chinberg had failed to pay his child support, Royal said.




Chinberg got out of the car and consented to a search. The deputy found a bindle, or small plastic baggie of meth, stuck to Chinberg’s stomach just above his belt.

“He said he had marijuana in the trunk,” Royal said. “He said he had a (marijuana) grower’s license.”

Royal said there is no such thing as a “grower’s license,” but in the car, the deputy found three outdated doctor recommendations for marijuana.

Two recommendations were for Chinberg’s use and one was for Chinberg as a caregiver.

Along with the expired recommendations, there were 327 grams of marijuana, a digital scale, packaging material for marijuana and meth, and a “sizable quantity of meth,” Royal said.

Eighteen hypodermic needles were located, along with more than 40 1-inch by 1-inch plastic baggies and several ziplock bags.

Royal said $538 cash was also found during the search. He said Chinberg has a “lengthy history of contact” with the sheriff’s office.

Chinberg was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine, possession of a controlled substance for sale, transporting and selling a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended license and possession of more than an ounce of marijuana.

As Chinberg was being booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City, correctional officers found two more baggies of meth on his body.

“There are signs posted there in the jail warning people about that,” Royal said.

An additional charge – bringing drugs into prison – was tacked on to Chinberg’s booking sheet. Chinberg’s total bail amount is $36,050.

“He’s got a lot to worry about,” Royal said.

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To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@the union.com or call 477-4236.


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