Grass Valley man arrested in public bust |

Grass Valley man arrested in public bust

Some unwitting grocery shoppers were apparently startled when several plainclothes deputies pulled their guns and arrested a Grass Valley man after a drug deal in the Albertson’s parking lot on Nevada City Highway.

Nevada County Sheriff’s Lt. Ron Smith said eight deputies with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force chased down and arrested Steve Medlyn, 33, of Grass Valley, whom they allegedly observed making a drug transaction 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fowler Center parking lot.

“He had an eight-ball (eighth of an ounce) of crank (methamphetamine) on him,” Smith said. “We took him down.”

He said several people in the shopping center parking lot appeared frightened and sought shelter in surrounding businesses until they confirmed it was OK to come out of hiding.

Smith said deputies recognized Medlyn from prior contact, and followed him from the street into the parking lot.

Medlyn then met with an unknown man, he said, where he was observed handing something over in exchange for drugs, which he put in his left front pocket.

He tried to run, Smith said, but deputies captured him.

Medlyn gave deputies permission to search his home on Sutton Way, where they found Medlyn’s 7-year-old and 12-year-old children unsupervised and a fully-loaded, 40-caliber handgun under a pillow in the bedroom.

Smith said deputies called Child Protective Services, but before a case worker arrived, Medlyn’s wife Dawn arrived, and the children remained with her.

“She had been visiting a friend at the jail,” Smith said.

Medlyn was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and transport of a controlled substance for sale.

No other arrests were made in the incident.

Medlyn may also be charged with child endangerment, Smith said.

He was booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on $35,000 bail.


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@the or call 477-4236.

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