2 Lake County Men Charged in Drug Trafficking

Two men are going to do jail time for their roles in some disturbing crimes at a Lake County pot farm. Patrick Pearmain and Ryan Balletto are charged with kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl whom they kept inside a metal box on the property in 2013. Los Angeles police contacted Lake County authorities regarding the kidnap victim who was believed to be with the suspects in Clearlake. A search of the suspects’ properties turned up several weapons, a number of sexual devices related to bondage, as well as a four-foot by two-foot metal box where the victim said she spent three days locked inside. Both men have already entered guilty pleas to drug trafficking and the use of a minor in a drug crime. Pearmain will serve 12-and-a-half years behind bars, while Balletto is still awaiting his sentence.