November 19, 2009 - On November 18, 2009, members of the Nevada County Sheriff's Narcotics Task Force were conducting surveillance for a wanted subject at the Holiday Lodge located in the 1200 block of East Main Street in the City of Grass Valley.
Within a short time, members of the Task Force spotted the wanted subject, Michael Gentry (52), of Grass Valley, standing in the doorway of one of the rooms. Members of the Task Force eventually arrested Mr. Gentry outside of his room for the outstanding local misdemeanor warrant. Mr. Gentry was found to be in possession of approximately 7.56 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging material.
During the investigation, members of the Task Force noticed a vehicle parked directly in front of Gentry's room that had false registration tabs on the rear license plate. After speaking with the motel employees it was determined which room that the owner of the vehicle was staying. Upon contacting the occupants of the room, Detectives recognized the male subject from prior contacts as Brian Costanzo (39), of Weimar.
After checking Mr. Costanzo through dispatch, they learned that he had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Costanzo attempted to flee back into the motel room locking the door. Detectives forced entry into the room and took Costanzo into custody. Once in the room Detectives discovered Costanzo's girlfriend, Melinda Wills (27) of Weimar, attempting to flush suspected methamphetamine down the toilet.
After Wills and Costanzo were taken into custody a search of the motel room, per the terms of Wills probation, was conducted. Located in the motel room were pay-owe sheets, a digital scale, US currency, packaging material, a methamphetamine pipe, and a little over a quarter pound (136.37 grams) of suspected crystal methamphetamine.
Brian Costanzo (39), was arrested for 1203.2 PC (Violation of Probation Warrant), 11377 H&S (Possession of a Controlled Substance), 11378 H&S (Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale), 11364 H&S (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia) and 4462.5 CVC (Displaying False Registration Tabs). Melinda Wills (27) was arrested for 135 PC (Destroy or Conceal Evidence), 11377 H&S (Possession of a Controlled Substance), 11378 H&S (Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale), 11364 H&S (Possession of Drug Paraphernalia)
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