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Nearly 2 pounds of meth seized

The Union Photo/Robert HugginsSheriff's deputies seized meth, the paraphernalia to process it and cash Friday.
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In what they are calling one of the largest seizures in recent years, Nevada County sheriff’s deputies impounded nearly 2 pounds of methamphetamine and $18,000 in cash, and arrested six individuals Friday.

Narcotics agents served the first warrant at 8:30 p.m in the 11000 block of Hanley Drive in Alta Sierra, where they arrested Cameron Clinton, 31, and his wife, Tammy, 33, on various drug and child endangerment charges.

Sgt. Steve Mason said agents found three children in the home at the time of the arrests. The agents reportedly found $1,300 in cash, scales, material to package meth for sale and larger bags that contained meth residue.



“The majority of (meth) was found in a dining room on top of a computer table,” which is what led deputies to arrest the couple on suspicion of felony child endangerment in addition to possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of controlled-substance paraphernalia, Mason said.

Mason said deputies had worked on the case for eight months.




“They were cooperative and didn’t resist arrest,” said Mason, noting the couple posted bail shortly after being booked into Wayne Brown Correctional Facility.

Approximately 90 minutes later, Sgt. Jeff Glover and other deputies served a search warrant at the 11000 block of Tulane Drive near North San Juan, where they arrested David Forkner, 32, of North San Juan and Judith Parker, 53, of Nevada City on suspicion of various drug and paraphernalia charges.

Forkner was found with 5 grams of meth in his possession, worth up to $400, and Parker had $17,600 in cash in a bedroom of her home, along with packaged street quantities of meth ranging from 3 grams to1/4 ounce, Mason said. Deputies also found small hammers, syringes and scales in the home.

Forkner was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance and for sale; Parker’s charges included suspicion of possession of a hypodermic needle and paraphernalia.

Two visitors to the home, Chris Nunley, 42, and John Burge, 33, were also arrested on various drug charges. Nunley was held on suspicion of possession of controlled substances, hypodermic needles and a firearm. Burge was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance.

Forkner, Parker, Nunley and Burge all posted bail after being booked into the county jail.

“Our investigation with these folks has been active for a few years and really heavy recently,” Mason said.

“Our information suggests that a large amount of methamphetamine coming into Nevada City and Grass Valley was coming from North San Juan. I’d guess there’d be a shortage of supply for a while,” Mason said.

The two busts combined netted one of the largest amounts of methamphetamine confiscated in the county, said Undersheriff John Trauner.


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