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Jail clerk booked for pot

Nevada County Sheriff’s deputies searched the home of one of their own Friday afternoon and found a jail employee was growing an indoor marijuana garden.

Charlotte Foster, 57, a civilian booking clerk in the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility, had two rooms full of marijuana plants in her Cedar Ridge home, according a news release by Sheriff Keith Royal.

Deputies found 38 marijuana plants, as well as packaging material, scales and other paraphernalia suggesting Foster and her husband, Alan, 61, were selling the drug, Royal’s release said.



Royal said he was disturbed by the discovery.

“We do not condone employees being involved in any type of activity like this,” Royal said.




Foster has been placed on administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. However, neither she nor her husband were taken into custody.

The couple was allowed to stay in their home because Alan Foster has a serious medical condition that requires his wife’s home care, Royal said. The sheriff’s department has made this exception before for seriously ill suspects who aren’t a flight risk, he said.

Royal was unable to say whether the couple had a medical prescription for the marijuana, though the volume was far above the county threshold for medicinal marijuana, he said.

The case is being forwarded to the Nevada County District Attorney’s office. The couple could face charges of possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana for sale, both felonies.


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