Nevada County meth dragnet reels in Auburn parolee

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An Auburn parolee is one of three illegal drug and weapon suspects arrested in a raid on a Nevada County location. David Carson, 37, of Auburn, remained in custody Monday in Nevada County charged with possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and altering a firearm. Two other suspects – Melinda Davison, 46, and Donald Kamrar, 52 – were discharged from Nevada City’s Wayne Brown Correctional Facility after the Nov. 30 arrest. Both are listed as Grass Valley residents. The arrests of the three came after the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office served a search warrant at a 15000-block Perimeter Road home in rural south Nevada County. Sheriff Keith Royal reported six to seven grams of methamphetamine, hypodermic syringes, methamphetamine smoking pipes, scales, balance sheets, currency and a loaded .22 caliber revolver were found inside the house. Based on the estimated street value, the methamphetamine seized in the raid was worth about $600 to $700. Also taking part in a multijurisdictional effort were members of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force, Major Crimes Unit and Special Enforcement Detail, assisted by the Grass Valley Police Department Special Incident Team, Placer County Sheriff’s Special Investigations Unit, FBI Task Force and parole officers. Davison was charged with altering a firearm, being an accessory to a crime, possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Charges against Kamrar were possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being a felon in possession of a firearm. – Gus Thomson ---------------------------------------- Meth & money -The average price for a hit of meth – about a quarter gram – varies widely. - The cost depends on the purity and scarcity of supply, particularly in times when government action leads to restricting access to ephedrine and pseudoephedrine to meth makers. - A hit of meth can cost the user about $25. A gram has been reported for sale as high as $330 in Chicago but as low as $60 in Seattle, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. - Gold is at a 30-year-high in value but meth is still worth roughly double the price of gold. Source: