A Plumas County jury convicted Quincy resident David Bruce Mercer, 59, on May 19 of felony possession of methamphetamine for sale. The verdict culminated a two-day jury trial. Mercer was arrested on Oct. 26, 2021, when law enforcement visited Mercer’s residence on Nugget Lane in Quincy to serve arrest warrants and conduct a probation search. During the search, a deputy found over 2 ounces of methamphetamine, two cell phones, $120 and a magnetic box used to secretly transport the methamphetamine on the outside of a vehicle.
The Honorable Janet Hilde, who presided over the trial, also found Mercer in violation of two probations. Judge Hilde set Mercer’s sentencing date for June 24. Mercer faces up to 4 years and 6 months in county jail.
The trial prosecutor, District Attorney David Hollister, offered his appreciation to Deputy John Fraga, Sgt. Matt Beatley and Detective Kris Frazier for their efforts in the investigation of this case, as well as the 7 man, 5 woman jury for their patience, consideration and service. Hollister added, “In aiding our Drug Court and other rehabilitative efforts to combat addiction, it is crucial we maintain our aggressive approach with those who profit by peddling drugs such as methamphetamine which poison our community and breed addiction.”