Judge Releases Armed Drug Dealer Without Bail

Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger released Jeremy Sulley from jail on Friday.

Grass Valley, CA – An armed drug dealer accused of possessing enough heroin, methamphetamine, and opiates to get over 2,000 people high was released on his own recognizance just days after his arrest.

The incident began at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 12, near a laundromat in the area of East Main Street and Dorsey Drive, Grass Valley Police Sergeant Brian Blakemore told KNCO.

A witness told police that a man had been slumped over the wheel of his black sedan for about two hours, but the witness didn’t know whether the man was sleeping or suffering from a medical issue.

When officers approached the vehicle, they spotted a bong and suspected heroin lying in the unconscious driver’s lap, The Union reported.

The suspect, later identified as 29-year-old Jeremy Sulley, was put through “a series of tests and [was] found to be under the influence of a controlled substance,” Sgt. Blakemore told The Union.

“GVPD Officers spent many hours writing and serving search warrants related to this case,” the department said in a Facebook post on Saturday. “In the end, they recovered enough narcotics to leave over 2,000 people ‘under the influence’ - that’s more than 15% of the entire population of Grass Valley.”

In addition to the drugs, police also seized a loaded .22-caliber handgun, approximately $1,000 in cash, a billy club, and an illegal butterfly knife, The Union reported.

Investigators found packaging materials and scales that further indicated “this was much more than just a ‘personal use’ amount” of illegal drugs, the department explained in the Facebook post.

Sulley was booked on charges of sales and transportation of heroin, sales and transportation of methamphetamine, and sales and transportation of oxycodone, and his bond was initially set at $250,000.

But on Friday, Nevada County Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger went against the recommendation of Assistant District Attorney Chris Walsh, and opted to release Sulley on his own recognizance, The Union reported.

“He was released ‘ON HIS OWN RECOGNIZANCE’ without paying a single cent in bail,” the police department railed in the post. “The Nevada County District Attorney’s Office did their part by filing a slew of charges and arguing for a significant bail amount.....but, he was released anyway.”

“Our desire is to protect the community from armed drug dealers!” the agency added. “But, unfortunately, this guy is back out on the street within short order.”

Heidelberger declined to comment on Sunday, and noted that judges are not allowed to speak about pending cases, The Union reported.

Walsh said his office still believes that the alleged armed drug dealer should not have been allowed to walk out of jail without bond.

“We believe he presents a significant public safety risk and we think bail should have been set,” Walsh maintained.

Grass Valley police received an overwhelming amount of support in response to their Facebook post, including multiple people who asked what they could do to help prevent similar outcomes in the future, The Union reported.

“This has been asked many times on this post,” the department wrote in response to one such inquiry. “We hope our community will stay informed about these very important issues, not just today, but into the future!”

Comments (34)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

On the bright side this judge is helping to keep officers in that area employed by allowing crime to flourish. I wonder if she might not be on his payroll?

Joe Willie
Joe Willie

What an incompetent idiot, she should be removed from the bench ASAP. Wonder how she would feel if the dealer she set free, sold some of her children drugs? Would she set him free if one of her children overdosed and died because of him? She loves gambling with others lives apparently,stench from the bench.

ProGODProUSA
ProGODProUSA

It seems lately, female (and some male) judges seem to tend toward being liberal - liberal with their sentences or punishments, and liberal with the rights of criminals, stacking the deck against law-abiding citizens.

Danimyl
Danimyl

Grass Valley police received an overwhelming amount of support in response to their Facebook post, including multiple people who asked what they could do to help prevent similar outcomes in the future, The Union reported. They can help by stop electing liberal judges!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

If this clown even spits on the sidewalk........BOOM!!!!!!!!

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Judge doing the dealer?🤔

JBo
JBo

Well I'm sure he'll show up for court, after all, what's the downside for him (other than decades in prison)?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF?!?!? Really?? Does she get her drugs from him? Or is she getting a cut by keeping him out? Liberal POS bitch!!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Sounds like the Judge just came into MONEY !! Check her Financials ~~ Worthless POS !!

tottenbrian
tottenbrian

WTAF?

Grog
Grog

Activist judge. Follow the dealer's money. It might lead to her.

TrueAmerican
TrueAmerican

I had to read this 2 times. All that hard work done by LEO's and she just lets him walk?!!! She needs to answer to someone for that poor decision. $250,000.00 to letting him walk?!! SMFH

gfc1963
gfc1963

And people wonder why criminals laugh at the law??

Bobb1874
Bobb1874

Well she's a Democrat

tkshields
tkshields

didn't read past city and state that said it all

NomonK
NomonK

This is the reason that causes scumbags feel they can shoot LEO'S in the back and walk. They may get away with it someday because of stupid Liberal Judges.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

I just looked up the countries which have no extradition treaty with the U.S. and there's a whole big batch of them. I wonder which he'll book passage to?

Stanracer
Stanracer

When I saw this was a female judge I thaught sure, of course. She should have her bleeding heart, hug-a-thug, liberal ass fired. ADAP!

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

More chaos equals more control.

retiredcop
retiredcop

Activism from the bench has become the norm and activism from the prosecutors office is becoming the norm. At some point, we won't need defense attorneys anymore.

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Boot this bitch judge out of her position. There’s no honor in hers. It only boosted this pricks cockiness and his motivation to keep doing whatever he’s doing, including this bitch of a judge apparently.

militans Deo
militans Deo

OK, who let the judge sample this guys drugs before court?

Bstn
Bstn

Not shocked...This is California we are talking about..Appears even the smaller areas are turning into LA & San Fran with their soft handed approach to armed thugs!! Keep it up CA, we are 2 steps away from imploding!!

Freedomfighter13
Freedomfighter13

Obviously no one understands what BOND actually is, its only purpose it to ensure the innocent (until proven guilty) appear in court. Its not a punishment and its suppose to be based on what a person can pay. It is not meant to keep innocent (until proven guilty) people locked away and deprived of freedom. Or as is the case in all courts, as a means to ensure a plea bargain. You know when the court holds you in jail a year or more with a bail you can't pay until you plead guilty to just get it over with. I guess this one judge actually abides by the Constitution and upholds her oath of office.

AdamCrowe
AdamCrowe

They let him go so they can track where he is getting it from...don't get your panties in a twist people, sometimes it's the only way to catch the bigger fish.

Cops kid
Cops kid

Probably her personal dealer

Texas-Bud
Texas-Bud

What A Stupid Bitch, Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger You Should Be FIRED - What A MORON YOU ARE