COPS: Search warrant leads to meth bust, arrests
Five people were arrested after police reportedly discovered weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia inside several residences at a property on Barney Street Wednesday evening.
Members of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit with help from the narcotics, general assignment and patrol divisions, served a search warrant on a property located at 2272 N. Barney Street at approximately 7:13 p.m.
Deputies were able to make entrance into the first residence without incident until they came into contact with two of their suspects, Lenard Miller, 47, and Taneka Wynne, 23, who reportedly resisted officers at the scene. Both Miller and Wynne were then taken into custody without further incident.
As police searched their home, deputies reportedly found multiple items of drug paraphernalia including torch tips, scanners, packaging baggies, glass pipes and suspected marijuana pipes.
The officers also discovered bags containing what they believed to be methamphetamine and marijuana as well as several dangerous weapons including nunchackus and metal knuckles with an attached blade.
Miller provided a urine sample to police which reportedly tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine in his system.
Another woman who resides in the home, Marsha West, 60, also reportedly tested positive for methamphetamine in her system as well.
Wynne allegedly refused to give police a sample of her urine and a blood draw was later conducted to test for illegal substances.
A second residence on the property belonging to a woman named Jana Jersey, 43, was also searched as part of the investigation.
Inside of her trailer, which was occupied at that time by both Jersey and another male named Harold Coleman, 47, police reportedly found methamphetamine, suspected marijuana, electronic scales, snorting straws, scales and weights and numerous zip lock baggies.
Jersey tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine in her system, and after Coleman allegedly refused to give a urine sample for police to test, a sample of his blood was also taken.
The suspects were all subsequently taken into custody and transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody on charges related to what had been found on the property.
Miller and Wynne have been charged with five counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, resisting a public officer, conspiracy to maintain a place for sale/gift/use of controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, under the influence of a controlled substance and possession of a schedule one controlled substance methamphetamine.
Miller was also charged with two counts of possession of dangerous weapon and his bail was set at $29,459, Wynne is being held in lieu of $24,459 bail.
Jersey was booked into custody on charges of possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, four counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine with intent to sell, under the influence of a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act and conspiracy to maintain a place for sale/gift/use of controlled substance. Her bail was set at $28,185.
Coleman and West were both charged with being under the influence of a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. West was additionally charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.
Bail was set at $10,000 for Coleman and $10,637 for West.
COPS: Moped man’s tattoo gives away identity
After attempting to conceal his true identity from police, one man was arrested as a possible suspect in a theft case when he was identified by a distinct tattoo on his arm.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, last Friday a deputy was called out to a residence in the 2300 block of Turtle Street for a report of theft. The officer was informed a man by the name of Ben Crawford was believed to be a suspect in the incident.
When the deputy arrived at the address, he saw a man on a moped by the front door area of the home.
He asked the man not to start up the vehicle as he was trying to speak with him, but the male reportedly ignored his request and began driving the moped down to the roadway before finally coming to a stop.
He then told the officer his name was Cody Bell and proceeded to give three different dates of birth and a social security number as his identification.
When police contacted the reporting party in the matter again, she told the officer at the scene Crawford has tattoos on his forearm, one of which should read “Melanie.”
The deputy then looked at “Bell’s” arm and noticed a matching tattoo, positively identifying the man in front of him as Crawford.
Crawford was subsequently arrested on charges of providing false information to avoid prosecution and resisting a peace officer` before being transported to the local detention center to be booked into custody.
While at the jail, Crawford eventually admitted to one of the detention deputies his real name.