Six held in meth bust
Six Truckee men were taken into custody Monday morning after police found approximately nine ounces of suspected methamphetamine in two residences.
After eight months of investigation, the Truckee Police Department obtained two warrants to search two residences – one in the Donner Creek Moblie Home Park, the other on Edmunds Drive – where police suspected drug trafficking, said Commander Scott Berry of the Truckee Police Department.
Enrique Nevarez Correa, 25, Aurelio Soto Nevarez, 22, Homero Guadalupe Nunez Nevarez, 20, Efrain Sanchez Nevarez, 25, Adrian Correa Nevarez, 26, and Guadalupe Ruiz Felix, 36, were arrested Monday at 7:30 a.m. on suspicion of drug trafficking.
The six Truckee residents were being held at the Immigration and Naturalization Services field office in Reno pending federal or state charges, Berry said.
Five of the six suspects were arrested in Reno. The sixth was arrested at the INS while trying to renew work authorization papers.
Police say they seized about nine ounces of what they believe to be methamphetamine, as well as two firearms and about $35,000 in cash.
One of the firearms was found in a bed where a six-month-old baby was sleeping, Berry said.
“The mother wasn’t arrested, so the baby is still with the mother,” he said. “We’re working with Child Protection Services.”
More than $100,000 spread between three bank accounts will be investigated and is pending asset forfeiture proceedings, Berry said.
“We believe this money was obtained through illegal means,” he said.
For the past eight months, Truckee Police Department detectives have worked with agents from the South Lake Tahoe El Dorado Narcotic Task Force and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration on a narcotics investigation within the town.
Before obtaining the search warrant, undercover agents bought approximately two-and-a-half pounds of methamphetamine and a half-ounce of cocaine over the eight months from several individuals in Truckee.
“The investigation is ongoing. I would suspect there will be more arrests,” Berry said.
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