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Weimar couple arrested for allegedly trying to sell meth

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A Weimar man charged with trying to sell methamphetamine is scheduled to appear in court next month. Brian Costanzo, 39, was among three arrested at a Grass Valley motel last week on suspicion of possessing drugs and other related charges, according to a Nevada County Sheriff’s press release. Costanzo was not the initial target of a Nevada County Sheriff’s Narcotics Task Force that was at the Holiday Lodge, located on the 1200 block of East Main Street in Grass Valley, Nov. 18, conducting surveillance on a different wanted man. Task Force members found and arrested 52-year-old Michael Gentry of Grass Valley when they saw him standing in the doorway of a motel room. Gentry was arrested for an outstanding local misdemeanor warrant and also for being found in possession of about 7.56 grams of suspected crystal methamphetamine, a digital scale and packaging material, according to Nevada Sheriff’s officials. While police were investigating Gentry, they found that the vehicle parked in front of his motel room had false registration tabs. Investigators asked motel employees who the owner was and found out which room they were staying in. When detectives went to the room, they reportedly recognized Costanzo from prior contacts. A records check revealed that Costanzo had a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. But before detectives could arrest Costanzo, he reportedly ran back into his motel room and locked the door. Task force members forced the door open and apprehended Costanzo and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Melinda Wills of Weimar, who they allegedly saw trying to flush suspected methamphetamine down the toilet, officials said. After Costanzo and Wills were arrested, detectives searched their room per probation terms, and reportedly found pay-owe sheets, a digital scale, U.S. currency, packaging material, a methamphetamine pipe and a little more than a quarter pound – or 136.37 grams – of suspected crystal methamphetamine. All three are free on bail. Costanzo is scheduled to appear in Nevada County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 8. There was no court information available for Wills or Gentry. ~ Jenifer Gee