Man calls police, is arrested for pot |

Man calls police, is arrested for pot

A 47-year-old man was arrested this weekend on suspicion of cultivating marijuana after his apparent paranoid delusions caused him to call police to his house.

Steven Dale Lewis called the sheriff’s office at 6:35 p.m. Saturday to report a man was trying to break into his house, he had trapped the intruder, and he would detain him until deputies arrived.

When a deputy arrived at the home, Lewis met him outside with a .45-caliber handgun, said Nevada County Sheriff’s Sgt. Shannan Moon.

“(Lewis) appeared delusional and paranoid, and he was armed,” Moon said Sunday. “The deputy performed an evaluation and decided to take (Lewis) into protective custody.”

The deputy went into Lewis’ house to check for more guns when he discovered “a substantial amount of marijuana,” Moon said.

There were no detainees inside the house, she said.

She said processed marijuana was inside the house drying, and there was an unknown amount of marijuana plants growing in Lewis’ backyard.

While Lewis was at the hospital emergency room undergoing an evaluation by a mental health worker, the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force obtained a warrant to search his home.

After his hospital stay, Lewis was booked into the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility at 11:31 p.m. Saturday on suspicion of planting marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of a controlled substance for sale.

Correctional officers found an unknown quantity of methamphetamine in Lewis’ shoe, Moon said, so an additional charge of bringing drugs into prison was tacked on to his booking sheet.

Deputies from the Narcotics Task Force seized the marijuana from Lewis’ house Sunday morning.

Moon said a report of the incident is not complete, so it is unknown at this time whether Lewis had a doctor’s recommendation for marijuana or exactly how much of the drug was seized.

Lewis is being held on $35,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment later this week in Nevada County Superior Court.


To contact Staff Writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail or call 477-4236.

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