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Fifteen people were arrested in a drug bust at a Grass Valley motel Friday morning.

Grass Valley police went to the Holiday Lodge in the 1200 block of East Main Street at 7 a.m. after receiving reports of people in a room that was supposed to be vacant, Sgt. Steve Johnson said.

Officers reported finding several people inside the room and nearly 2 grams of methamphetamine with associated drug paraphernalia. Johnson said officers were led to other rooms in the motel, where they found more drugs, drug paraphernalia and guns – including a pistol grip shotgun, a rifle and a 9mm handgun.

In one of the rooms, officers found a trap door that led to a basement storage area. Johnson said the area could be used to hide people and contraband.

During the search, a man tried to climb out a bathroom in the back of the room, but was arrested outside.

The motel manager, Dawn Olson, 34, was one of the 15 people arrested. Johnson said she faces criminal conspiracy and maintaining a place for the purpose of unlawfully selling, giving away or using controlled substances. The 14 other people arrested were:

  1. Aron Bendix, 43, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting and delaying an officer.
  2. Michael Bowers, 45, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  3. Travis McBride, 27, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of a loaded firearm, possession of a firearm while committing a felony
  4. Jesse Poff, 30, for under the influence of a controlled substance
  5. Brandon Hodge, 26, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  6. Timothy Brady, 22, for possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and 3 Nevada County warrants for drug and theft charges
  7. Joseph Norton, 23, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  8. Christine Sharsmitt, 32, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation
  9. Cory GoodrichFordyce, 23, for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of hi cap magazines, felon in possession of ammunition, violation of probation
  10. Derek Pinneo, 30, for possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation
  11. Nicole Carman, 29, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of a loaded firearm
  12. Dennis Ferguson, 25, for possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia
  13. Michael Cameron, 34, violation of parole, possession of metal knuckles, driving with a suspended license, possession of marijuana
  14. Kaitlyn Sulley, 30, for possession of drug paraphernalia, violation of probation

Johnson said the Nevada County Narcotics Task Force aided in the investigation and arrests.

Additionally, Grass Valley code enforcement and the fire department officers were called to the motel because of the poor condition of the rooms and building. They found numerous violations throughout the grounds, Johnson said.

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