Meth arrests made near school |

Meth arrests made near school

The Nevada County Narcotics Task Force on Wednesday busted an alleged methamphetamine operation out of a Grass Valley motel within 1,000 feet of a middle school.

Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal said drugs were in fact being sold within 100 feet of the Lyman Gilmore Middle School complex.

Glenn Smith, 33, and Katelin Sulley, 20, were arrested after officers found a “significant amount” of methamphetamine packaged for sale in their car, Royal said.

A search of their residence at the Shady Rest Motel in Grass Valley at 9 p.m. revealed more drugs, scales and other drug paraphernalia, Royal said.

“What’s most disturbing is the close proximity to the school,” Royal said.

Lyman Gilmore Middle School is within 1,000 feet of the motel on Rough and Ready Highway.

Principal Stephanie Pope said she wasn’t aware of any activity near her school until she was contacted by the sheriff’s office. She said the fact the suspects were caught close to the school and the ensuing charges they might face sends a clear message.

“The message is, ‘Don’t do drugs, and don’t do them around a school,’ ” Pope said.

Penalties are enhanced if drugs are sold within 1,000 feet of a school complex, Royal said.

The arrests culminated after several weeks of investigation by the drug task force revealed heavy vehicle and foot traffic at all hours into the motel room, Royal said. Officers used a drug-sniffing dog to find methamphetamine inside the residence.

Shady Rest Motel managers, Heather Lewis and Rodger Black, said they didn’t notice any strange activity coming from the suspects’ room, which the two arrested had rented for about a month.

“They were really quiet and kept to themselves. It was a shock to us,” Lewis said.

She said the motel has strict rules, including no visitors after 10 p.m. and restricted parking areas.

Smith and Sulley were being held Wednesday at Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Smith could face the following charges: controlled substance sold within 1,000 feet of a school; possession of a controlled substance; possession for a sale of controlled substance; and transportation of a controlled substance.

He was also wanted on a separate felony drug charge from a Grass Valley Police Department arrest in October 2003, Royal said.

Smith’s bail was set at $27,500.

Sulley could face the same four charges, along with one count of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She, too, was wanted by Grass Valley Police Department for misdemeanor warrants involving possession of a controlled substance and possession of a hypodermic needle.

Her bail was set at $28,000.

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