Police bust up drug, theft ring,
arrest 13 suspects
The Nye County Sheriff’s Office Predator and Scorpion task forces reportedly arrested 13 of 14 suspects identified as participants in a large scale theft and narcotics ring in Pahrump.
According to a press release issued by NCSO, detectives received information that electronics were being stolen in large quantities from Walmart stores in both Pahrump and Las Vegas and later being pawned or sold.
As they began an investigation into that, police were reportedly able to identify five individuals as the main suspects in the case. Alora Hewitt, 18, Rikki Lavender, 29, Rikki Wells, 19, Michelle Schulz, 21 and Kricket Egan, 38, were all discovered to have allegedly pawned televisions believed to be stolen from the major retailer.
On Sunday, the NCSO Predator Task Force served three search warrants related to the case at the homes of Hewitt, Lavender and Egan, at which time they were reportedly able to recover stolen property as well as evidence of additional stolen electronics.
Based on what police found during their search and investigation, Lavender was placed under arrest for 15 counts of transfer of stolen property, 12 counts of conspiracy, three counts of obtaining money under false pretense, possession of heroin, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act, DUI drugs and driving with expired license.
Hewitt was arrested on 12 counts of transfer of stolen property, 12 counts of conspiracy, nine counts of burglary, 12 counts of obtaining money under false pretense, possession of heroin, under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of dangerous drug without prescription.
And Egan was taken into custody on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, under the influence of a controlled substance and conceal/ destroy evidence.
It was also at this time deputies came into contact with some of the additional suspects in the case, who were all believed to be under the influence of various controlled substances.
The press release notes most of the suspects arrested Sunday were found to be in possession of heroin, methamphetamine and/or drug paraphernalia.
Constantino Cardenas Jr., 23, Michelle Orton, 24, Elliot Keyes, 19, Jason Nicholson, 25, Chenoa Menendez, 31, Austin Shane Satter, 21, Danielle Cohn, 20, Allison Hewitt, 20, and Colton Walker, 22, were also taken into custody on drug-related charges.
Other items seized during the search included cell phones, which reportedly helped police better understand the activities of the group.
The next day, Schulz and Wells were reportedly seen in Walmart by employees attempting to steal electronics from the store.
After realizing they were being watched, the two reportedly abandoned the item they were attempting to steal and fled.
Detectives and deputies were later able to locate Schulz and arrest her, however, Wells had reportedly not been located as of Wednesday morning, but police are still looking to question her.
Schulz was taken into custody on charges of burglary, attempted petit larceny, conspiracy to commit a crime, DUI and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
The evidence seized as part of this investigation has led detectives to believe there are several additional suspects involved in this case, who they will continue to work to identify and apprehend.
Police ask that anyone with any information about this case please contact NCSO detectives by calling 775-751-7000.