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Nevada County arrest leads sheriff to seek information on marijuana thefts

Nevada County sheriff’s deputies have arrested a man reported to have a history of marijuana theft, leading sheriff’s officials to ask the public for information about marijuana thefts in the area that may have gone unreported.

The Sheriff’s Office responded Tuesday to a report of a 911 “open line” in the 10000 block of Quail Creek Road, in the Alta Sierra area. A deputy arrived and saw one of the residents, Eric Roland Meyer, 45, standing near the front door. The deputy knew Meyer had an outstanding felony arrest warrant in Nevada County, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

When Meyer saw the deputy, he reportedly went inside and locked the door. Sheriff’s officials said the deputy forced entry to the home and arrested Meyer after a brief struggle. The deputy also noticed marijuana all over the home, in various stages of processing.

A search warrant was executed at the residence. Found in the home were marijuana stalks, hanging and drying in multiple rooms, along with scattered amounts of marijuana cola and a trimming station. Sheriff’s officials said they believe, but have not confirmed, that the marijuana was stolen.

In Meyer’s vehicle, deputies found a full Ghillie suit, commonly used by snipers in the military, a face mask, bolt cutters, a lock pick set to include a lock punch, camouflage clothing with marijuana residue, large tree branch saws and knives. Inside the residence, in a room where marijuana was drying, they reported finding a loaded .45 caliber handgun.

Eric Meyer’s son, Jacob Meyer, 20, was also found hiding in the residence and was arrested for an outstanding warrant, sheriff’s officials said.

Eric Meyer was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and possession of burglary tools, as well as for his warrant.

Sheriff’s officials said the department has had numerous contacts with Eric Meyer over the years and reported that he has a criminal history in more than one state, including a history of marijuana theft and assault. They said Meyer also has served time in state prison for kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Sheriff’s officials said they have received credible information that Eric Meyer may have committed a number of marijuana thefts in the county that have not been reported and they are asking the public’s assistance in the continuing investigation.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.