Major drug bust in Penn Valley |

Major drug bust in Penn Valley

A major narcotics bust in Penn Valley this morning netted a large cache of alleged drugs, bindles of cash and five suspects that may have been selling to area youths.

Lt. Bill Evans said the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and narcotics officers raided a home on Spenceville Road near Ready Springs School. They allegedly found, “a significant amount of suspected cocaine and ecstasy, some marijuana, scales and packages,” consistent with a drug sales operation.

The home was raided with a search warrant, “after a lengthy investigation,” Evans said. He did not know the exact quantity of drugs discovered because the search of the home and an inventory are developing.

According to an undercover narcotics officer at the scene, “We got lots of phone calls from parents and kids about ecstasy in the area and everything pointed to here.”

Ecstasy is a drug popularized at large rave parties in Sacramento and other cities. The drug contains methamphetamine and a hallucinogen, the undercover officer said.

He also said the main suspect in the case was apparently advertising his drug trade on the back of a van seized at the small, ranch-style home.

In big block letters on a painting across the back of the van, the word “Thizznpeace” can be seen, the officer said. Thizz is slang for using ecstasy.

“Their organizations is based on the use and sales of ecstasy,” the officer said. Officials suspect the drug group was selling ecstasy to Nevada Union High School students and other county youths.

Lt. Evans said a large number of small bindles of marijuana were found at the scene, “Enough to fill a bowl,” in each, for a single dose.

The officer and Evans said the Swat Team was used for the raid because the main suspect had a history of firearms arrests. No guns were found at the scene, but two firearms registered to the suspect were believed to be at another address, the undercover officer said.

Evans said five people were arrested on various drug charges out of eight people in the home. Two juveniles were there, and one was arrested for resisting arrest before being released to his parents.

Come back to during the day for names and more details as the story unfolds.

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