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Marijuana shippers take plea agreement

Liz Kellar
Staff Writer

Two Nevada City men who allegedly shipped marijuana to North Carolina pleaded no contest to criminal conspiracy charges last week.

Gavin Alan Gryte and Hans Kubitschek were arrested in May 2011 after a package containing marijuana was intercepted by detectives in New Hanover County, N.C., and their investigation allegedly led Nevada County sheriff’s deputies back to the two men.

Local detectives arrested Gryte on suspicion of transporting marijuana for sale at his residence after they allegedly located a substantial amount of packaging material. Sheriff’s deputies also searched Kubitschek’s residence, where they allegedly found a “sophisticated grow room” with more than 100 plants and packaging material.

Kubitschek was arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana, possession for sale and transportation for sale, as well as violating probation. He had been on probation for a 2009 arrest in which Nevada County sheriff’s deputies uncovered a large amount of weapons, as well as marijuana; he eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor on a weapons charge and was sentenced to three years summary probation with search and seizure terms.

In Nevada County Superior Court Thursday. Kubitschek was sentenced to 120 days in jail and three years probation in return for a plea that carried a maximum term of one year.

He also is subject to search and seizure terms and must forfeit $5,000 that had been seized from his residence. He cannot grow more than six plants and must limit any indoor grow to 100 square feet. He cannot grow for a collective or cooperative or grow for anyone who is not a resident of his property.

Gryte was sentenced to 60 days in jail and will be allowed to serve on work release. He cannot use or grow marijuana without a prescription and cannot grow for others. He cannot grow more than six plants or have more than two pounds of marijuana.

In other court news

— A Nevada County man who amputated his dog’s leg in a home surgery was sentenced on April 29 to 18 months probation.

Timothy Looper had pleaded guilty to a reduced misdemeanor charge of animal neglect in exchange for a proposed sentence of no more than 60 days; he had to forfeit the dog, Bart, to Sammie’s Friends, which runs the animal shelter for Nevada County.

He must also pay almost $750 in restitution to Sammie’s Friends for Bart’s care. He did show evidence that he had taken an online animal care class.

Looper brought the dog, named Bart, into Mother Lode Veterinary Hospital after a dog twice his size had attacked it.

Bart had previously been attacked and left with a leg that was so severely injured it needed to be amputated. Looper didn’t have the funds at the time and decided to amputate the leg himself.

The wound was infected, but the vets at Mother Lode were able to treat it.

— Antonio Duran Torres was sentenced on April 29 to three years in prison in connection with four separate felony cases.

He received the upper term of three years in the first case, which stemmed from a February 2012 arrest after he led Nevada County sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed chase and abandoned a stolen vehicle at the intersection of Pierite Road and Ponderosa Way. He had pleaded no contest to felony evasion in that case.

Torres received 16 months each on two separate failure-to-appear charges, which were to be served concurrently. He also received 16 months, to be served concurrently, after pleading no contest to vehicle theft in a 2013 case.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, email lkellar@theunion.com or call 530-477-4229.

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