Red Light Ball raises $25,000 |

Red Light Ball raises $25,000

The Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Protection Council raised about $25,000 from the Red Light Ball this past weekend, according to the event’s organizers.

The Saturday night event at the county fairgrounds was attended by 450 people, about 50 guests fewer than last year, said Bill Drown, founder and president of the non-profit.

“The weather had something to do with that,” he said, referring to rain that pounded outside during the night.

The Nevada County Narcotics Task Force won the 2008 Public Safety Commitment Award at the event. Nevada County sheriff’s Capt. Ron Smith accepted the plaque.

Under the administration of Sheriff Keith Royal, the task force includes one sergeant, one full-time police officer from Nevada City, one full-time police officer from Grass Valley and four sheriff’s deputies. The Sheriff’s Office is the group’s lead agency.

The group was credited for a crackdown on illegal drugs, including a large number of commercial marijuana raids and a meth lab raid, among other achievements, when receiving the award.

Last year, the group said it took action against five large pot growers with suspected links to Mexican drug trafficking groups.

Marijuana has become the county’s No. 1 cash crop, The Union has reported.

The task force agrees that hard drugs such as meth are a more serious problem and have made seizures of meth, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy, psilocybin, opium, steroids and illegally sold pharmaceutical drugs.

The members of the task force were asked to stand and were roundly applauded by the guests when the award was given. (No photography was allowed, to protect the task force members’ anonymity.) Part of their job includes drug sale sting operations.

The event included a buffet dinner and live band, as in the past. Guests paid $45 per person.

The Red Light Ball is one of the two fundraisers arranged by the Nevada County Law Enforcement and Fire Council, said Alan Kilborn, a board member of the council. This is the event’s ninth year, he said.

The other fundraiser is the Guns & Hoses Golf Tournament in June, said Kilborn.

Together, the two fundraisers have raised more than $250,000 to date. The money has been used to buy police and fire equipment and also for scholarships, Drown said.


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