Drug bust in Old Town Auburn

Oxycontin found on one man
By: Bridget Jones, Journal Staff Writer
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Auburn Police arrested three males in connection with drugs and burglary in Old Town Auburn Monday afternoon. Officers received a call around 2 p.m., according to Chris Forman, traffic officer for the Auburn Police Department. “We responded here when a citizen reported a suspicious male in the area of the Old Town Post Office,” Forman said. “Initially arriving officers located the reported subject and during a verification of identification, noticed the possible subject (was) under the influence of a controlled substance.” Police arrested Kevin Harr, 20, of Nevada City, Dennis Ferguson, 27, of Penn Valley and Robert McWhinney, 20, of Penn Valley on charges of being under the influence, possession of stolen property, burglary and possession of oxycontin, according to Capt. John Ruffcorn. The charges are all felonies except for the misdemeanor charge of being under the influence, Ruffcorn said. Upon investigation of the three males, police found drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to Forman. “One of the subjects was found in possession of 80 milligrams oxycontin and all three were subsequently arrested for being under the influence,” he said. “During an inventory of their property, (pursuant) to their arrest, multiple needles … items used for injection were found. We noticed signs not uncommon with hypodermic needle use.” Ruffcorn said an 80-milligram tablet of oxycontin runs for about $50. Several items including a gold pocket watch, rings, gold chains, a computer screen and a jewelry box were found in their possession. Ruffcorn said these items are now considered stolen, but their total value was not known Monday. The men allegedly started out trying to sell stamps at the Old Town Post Office and then attempted to sell the stolen items at Sierra Moon Goldsmiths, Ruffcorn said. According to Forman, the Saturn was a borrowed car. It was towed after the men were arrested. Several Old Town business owners said they didn’t see anything but the arrest, but were hearing about the situation from customers. Ed Petro, who was visiting Auburn, said he saw the arrest. “We just saw the police and they did take a couple young guys away,” Petro said. Ruffcorn said late Monday afternoon the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office was also investigating the men for a possible burglary. Reach Bridget Jones at