Nevada Union student charged with infraction in on-campus drug bust
Nearly two months after a lengthy undercover drug operation and a high-profile bust on the Nevada Union High School campus, the lone adult arrested — 18-year-old Forrest Cameron Good — faces only a court fine.
Nevada County Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips filed an infraction Tuesday, alleging possession of less than 28.5 grams of marijuana, against Good.
“It’s less than a misdemeanor,” Phillips said. “We concluded there was insufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he had an active role in marijuana sales.”
Five other students, all 17-year-old boys, were charged with drug sales; one also was charged with criminal conspiracy because he allegedly acted as a middleman.
The three-month-long undercover operation that resulted in the arrests was a cooperative effort among the high school district, the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. An undercover ABC operative was placed on campus to investigate the distribution of illegal narcotics. He allegedly was able to buy marijuana, hashish and hallucinogenic mushrooms and negotiated the sale of Ecstasy and prescription medications.
Sheriff’s deputies and ABC personnel descended on the NU campus at about 9 a.m. April 2 and arrested the six students. Good was booked and released on suspicion of criminal conspiracy and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.
Good’s attorney, Stephen Munkelt, said the reports he obtained showed that Good had no actual contact with the undercover officer and never engaged in any illegal activity associated with the school.
“There was no direct evidence” that Good was selling marijuana, Munkelt said, adding that the infraction charge stemmed from the alleged discovery, during a search warrant served at Good’s residence, of less than 1 ounce of marijuana.
“I have my doubts as to whether there is evidence of that offense,” he said.
According to Phillips, there is no potential for jail time associated with the infraction. Good can opt to pay a fine — which totals $363 when surcharges and other fees are added — or he can apply for a deferred entry of judgement if he opts for counseling, Phillips said.
Munkelt also represents several of the other students charged in the bust but could not provide specifics on their cases due to their juvenile status.
“I anticipate they will be resolved through the school and the court system with the ability to meet the required conditions and benchmarks (so they can) move on from this incident without any serious consequences,” he said.
To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4229.
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