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Fight over marijuana plants

Several people were injured in a free-for-all that started when a woman allegedly tried to retrieve two marijuana plants that belonged to her Friday morning.

A man in the 26000 block of Sweetland Road called 911 at just after 11 a.m. and said, “Get here quickly. They’re taking the marijuana,” before the line was disconnected, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve Tripp.

He called again to report that someone was hitting his father in the head, possibly with a gun.



The woman, identified as Emily Lynn Prout, was a former tenant of the property, Tripp said.

“She had a (medical marijuana) recommendation and wanted her marijuana back,” he said.




Prout allegedly called
her former housemates and told them she would be coming
to get the marijuana and showed up with six or seven people.

They began cutting down the two plants and a “melee” ensued, Tripp said.

Several people were hit with various items, one of which allegedly was a metal bar. No gun was found.

“Both sides sustained injuries, some minor lacerations and abrasions,” Tripp said.

The incident is being investigated as assault with a deadly weapon, Tripp said, adding, “the marijuana was a civil issue.”

Investigators received conflicting statements from both sides and referred the case to the District Attorney’s Office for potential charges.

Prout was arrested on an outstanding warrant, as was Israel Gabriel, 23.

Deputies also issued a citation because the marijuana grow was out of compliance with the county’s new medical marijuana cultivation ordinance.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4229.


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