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A Grass Valley-area woman accused of helping her imprisoned husband traffic methamphetamine pleaded innocent Dec. 23 in Nevada County Superior Court.

Lara K. Darbo, 33, was arrested Nov. 25 at her home after a postal inspector delivered a package there containing 25 grams of meth.

The inspector earlier intercepted the package after learning from prison officials that Darbo’s husband, Soledad State Prison inmate Ricky Davis, was part of a trafficking scheme with fellow prisoners, according to an investigative report.



Darbo, during an interview, acknowledged knowing the package contained drugs and said she was awaiting further instructions from the sender, though she declined to name that person, the report says.

In other cases:




— Three 19-year-olds facing embezzlement charges appeared Thursday.

Peter Bevitori of Nevada City and Nicholas A. Szwarc of Grass Valley pleaded no contest to felony charges that were reduced to misdemeanors. Both were put on 18 months’ probation and required to attend a theft workshop in Auburn. Bevitori must serve 21 days in jail, Szwarc 11 days.

Melissa A. Neil of Rocklin pleaded innocent; her case is still pending.

Grass Valley police say Bevitori, while a Kmart worker, gave Szwarc and Neil video games and DVDs. The recovered items were valued at $1,282.

— Two Cascade Shores men accused of lewd acts with children under 14 appeared in court.

James P. Scola, 22, pleaded innocent Friday, and Kenneth Charles Smith, 19, was arraigned Thursday, with a plea entry set for today. Their charges allege July incidents involving two teenage girls.

– Doug Mattson


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