Grass Valley man arrested in meth bust |

Grass Valley man arrested in meth bust

Lincoln Turpen

A Grass Valley man was arrested Tuesday by Nevada County Narcotics Task Force agents on charges related to suspected methamphetamine possession and recovery of an allegedly stolen handgun.

Lincoln Owen Turpen, 28, was booked at the county’s Wayne Brown Correctional Institution on allegations of possession of meth for use and sale, possession of meth paraphernalia, receiving a stolen handgun and possession of a controlled substance while armed.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said the arrest occurred after agents knocked on the door Tuesday at a home in the 400 block of West Main Street in Grass Valley to serve a search warrant. When there was no response, agents forced their way in and allegedly found Turpen hiding in a bedroom.

“They found that the residence had a surveillance camera installed at the front entrance with monitors in the bedroom,” Royal said. “He knew they were there.”

Agents detained Turpen and continued the search. In the bedroom, they found an allegedly stolen .45-caliber handgun, suspected methamphetamine, smoking pipes, baggies and scales. After searching Turpen, agents allegedly found 45 grams of suspected meth on him.

Turpen’s bail was set at $80,000 for the three felony possession and sale charges, $1,000 for the misdemeanor paraphernalia possession charge, $400 for the gun charge and $75,000 for felony possession of a controlled substance while armed.

A woman who was present in the home during the search was not arrested, Royal said.

To contact Staff Writer Keri Brenner, email or call 530-477-4239.

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