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Seven arrested on methamphetamine-related charges

  Investigations by the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office culminated with seven people being arrested on drug-related charges last week.

  Two warrants and a traffic stop led to the arrests, beginning Monday morning, March 18. The last arrests happened about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21.

  All of the arrests were related methamphetamine use, according to Investigations Sgt. Steve Peay.

  “We have been working on this for some time,” Peay said. “I guess you could say the stars sort of came into alignment for us.”

  Peay said investigations pertaining to illegal drug use are ongoing. He said more arrests could happen at any time.

  “I’m very pleased with the work of our investigations unit and the guys on the street who are patrolling and giving us information,” Peay said.

  Four Quincy residents were arrested after deputies served a search warrant at a residence at 250 S. Mill Creek Road.

  Officers found a sellable quantity of methamphetamine. They also found scales, cash and other items to indicate meth was being sold at the location.

  Gerald Nichols, 43, was arrested for possession of a controlled substance for sale and possession of Fentanyl patches. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid.

  Megan Beckley, 28, was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance.

  Jeffrey DeYoung, 54, was arrested away from the residence and charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

  Stacia McCoy, 42, was arrested at the residence when she arrived during the search and allegedly attempted to purchase drugs. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance, which was found in her vehicle.

  All four were transferred to the Plumas County jail. Nichols is being held on $50,000 bail; McCoy on $25,000 bail and DeYoung on $15,000 bail. Beckley was released with a citation.

  On Thursday, Jason Matthew Nunes, 31, was arrested on a charge of being in possession of a controlled substance after two detectives and a deputy conducted a welfare check.

  The officers made the arrest at 7700 Hemlock Drive in Portola.

  Nunes, who was being searched as part of his probation, was found to have almost half an ounce of methamphetamine and other items related to the sale of methamphetamine.

  Officers determined that a woman and two children at the residence were not involved in a crime.

  About 5:30 p.m. that same day, two men suspected of selling drugs were arrested after a traffic stop on Highway 36, east of Chester.

  After a warrant was served, Billy Jack Pebsworth, 57, of Sacramento, and Darin Gavin Best, 37, of Westwood, were arrested on drug charges.

  Officers found several grams of methamphetamine and heroin in the vehicle driven by Pebsworth. Best was the passenger.

  After a search of Best’s Westwood residence, officers found additional items to indicate Best was selling drugs.

  Both men were taken to Plumas County jail where they are being held on $25,000 bail.


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