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Nevada County authorities: Suspects pose as drug task force, rob apparent marijuana grow

Nevada County authorities said Thursday that they continue to investigate an apparent marijuana grow robbery involving two armed men posing as drug task force members — suspects who stole "a large quantity" of pot after binding their victims at the wrists and ankles.

The Sheriff's Office has made no arrests in the 10:30 p.m. Saturday robbery. However, the victims in that robbery could face criminal charges in connection to the suspected commercial cannabis grow at a home in the 13000 block of Brooks Road, Lt. Rob Bringolf said.

"Commercial cultivation is criminal," he added.

Sheriff's deputies descended on the house after the homeowner contacted authorities about the robbery, Bringolf said.

They spoke to the victims, learning that a black man and white man — both armed with guns, wearing tactical clothing and having police-type badges around their necks — identified themselves as members of "Nevada City's Drug Task Force." They then bound the victims and covered their eyes before robbing the home of a large amount of processed marijuana and leaving in a vehicle, authorities state.

No shots were fired and no victim required treatment at a hospital, Bringolf said.

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Authorities obtained a search warrant for the property, discovering the home apparently was used for commercial marijuana cultivation and processing. They seized suspected plants, processed marijuana and evidence connected to the robbery, Bringolf said.

The lieutenant declined to release specifics about the case, like the number of victims and amount of cannabis stolen, saying publicizing such details could jeopardize the investigation.

According to Bringolf, authorities will submit a report to the District Attorney's Office, which will decide whether to pursue charges against the victims.

Advising the public about how law enforcement operates, Bringolf said officers will wear uniforms identifying them. They'll also identify themselves by name. They never will cover someone's eyes, like the robbers in the Brooks Road heist.

"If you ask to see our badge, we'll show you our badge," he added.

Anyone with information about the robbery can contact the Major Crimes Unit at 530-265-1263.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email ariquelmy@theunion.com or call 530-477-4239.

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