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Self-Proclaimed Sovereign Citizen Arrested

Another self-proclaimed sovereign citizen causing issues with local law enforcement. Nevada County Sheriff Keith Royal tells KNCO that Thursday afternoon his office was contacted by a home inspector that was sent out to a supposedly unoccupied Douglas Road property and was surprised to find people inside.

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Deputies respond to the address and try to identify if anyone is inside- looking in windows, calling out- and nobody comes to the door. However, Royal says there is a dog that tips off someone inside the house.

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After a period of time a male, later identified as 50 year old Benjamin Ornelas, comes to the door and confronts officers stating it is his residence and ordering officers to leave.

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Ornelas,-Benjamin1Deputies learn that Ornelas is on probation from Yuba County and it was discovered that Ornelas was self-proclaimed sovereign citizen and could be dangerous.

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Once in custody deputies search the house and discover three more occupants. Royal says one was strictly a victim of circumstance.

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Officers also located a hidden firearm and packaged marijuana.

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Benjamin Ornelas was booked on a variety of charges including second degree burglary, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, committing a felony while armed, and utility theft. Bail was was set at $200,000. 19 year old Conan Robertson and a 17 year old from Missouri were also taken into custody for burglary and resisting arrest.

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