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Police find Drugs in Motel and Stolen Property at Homeless Camp

A disturbance call at the Holiday Lodge Monday night resulted in one man’s arrest. Grass Valley Police Sergeant Joe Matteoni says an officer contacted 37 year old John Blanton of Grass Valley who was involved in the disturbance. Blanton had just been released from jail, and on searchable probation. The Sergeant says hypodermic needles were found in his pocket and a white power was found spreadĀ  on the floor at Blanton’s feet.
Click here to listen to Sgt. Joe Matteoni

Tests showed the white powder was methamphetamine. The Sergeant says additional items of interest were located. In Blanton’s backpack the parts for three exterior video surveillance cameras and one security camera housing were found. Blanton was taken into custody for committing a crime while on bail; possession of the needles and possession of dangerous drugs.

Grass Valley Police also made two arrests and recovered stolen property in a sweep of a homeless camp. Sergeant Joe Matteoni says police officers and sheriff’s deputies went to the homeless camp behind Hills Flat Lumber on Monday. The Sergeant says two people were arrested in the sweep. Batteries, propane tanks, hoses and other equipment stolen from area businesses was seized.
Click here to listen Sgt. Joe Matteoni

The sweep was prompted by a number of reports of thefts , vandalism and trespassing from businesses in the area. The Police are saying if the crimes continue the sweeps will also continue.

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