Five arrests stem from alleged officer-observed drug sale |

Five arrests stem from alleged officer-observed drug sale

After officers reportedly witnessed a drug transaction involving a Grass Valley man, members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office’s drug task force were able to follow a trail that led to an apartment building and four more arrests Thursday.

Stephen Sharp, 25, was arrested Wednesday night for reportedly driving on a suspended license and for possession of a controlled substance, allegedly methamphetamine, reported Sheriff Keith Royal.

“A subsequent investigation led to an apartment complex in Grass Valley off of Dorsey Drive at Segsworth Court, where an additional half gram of meth and five pounds of marijuana were recovered,” Royal said. “A number of people were present at that location.”

Reportedly among them were Matt McGregor, Marilyn Courtney, Katelyn Sulley, John Sooto and Dawn McCamish, Royal said.

McGregor, 40, a Nevada City resident, was charged with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession for sale, along with a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence.

Courtney, 51, a Grass Valley resident, also was charged with a felony possession charge and two misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence.

Grass Valley residents Sooto, 31, and Sulley, 30, were each charged with the same misdemeanors as Courtney, though the pair were given an added felony probation violation charge.

McCamish, 46, a Grass Valley resident Royal described as a frequent offender, was charged with a misdemeanor for possession of a controlled substance and was arrested on a $10,000 warrant for two separate instances of driving on a suspended license.

Sulley, Sooto and McCamish were no longer in custody as of press time while Sharp, McGregor and Courtney were held in lieu of more than $10,000 bail each, according to the sheriff’s jail booking log online.

“We are taking a number of people off the street. My philosophy is that a lot of people involved in the drug trade are either selling or using and many are also involved in property crimes,” Royal said. “So the reality is, when you take these folks off the street (during the holidays), it lessens the potential property crimes.”

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email or call 530-477-4236.

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