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Nevada City man pleads guilty to federal drug charges

A Nevada City man has pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it.

Donald Henry Dugan, 55, on Friday pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to possessing at least 50 grams of a mixture or substance containing a detectable amount of methamphetamine, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

According to court documents, on July 15, 2014, officers with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant at Dugan’s residence that resulted in seizure of more than a pound of methamphetamine, along with various items associated with controlled substance distribution such as baggies, a funnel and a digital scale. In addition, a loaded handgun and ammunition were found in a backpack underneath Dugan’s desk.

Dugan previously was convicted of a state felony for possession of a controlled substance while carrying a loaded firearm, authorities said.

Dugan remains in custody and is to be sentenced July 17 by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

The case resulted from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy