By Kelsey Givens
Narcotics detectives discovered more than 100 grams of methamphetamine inside one man’s vehicle last week after they were reportedly tipped off by a confidential informant that the alleged supplier was making a run into Pahrump.
Roque Lara-Aguilar, aka Jorge Garcia or Rocky, 34, was taken into custody after Nye County Sheriff’s deputies pulled him over off Manse Road and discovered approximately 105 grams of methamphetamine inside 13 individually packaged bags in his vehicle.
According to a press release issued by NCSO, narcotics detectives had recently begun an investigation into Lara-Aguilar as they believed the alleged methamphetamine trafficker was supplying the controlled substance to several well known meth dealers in Pahrump.
On Jan. 23, a confidential informant working with detectives told police that Lara-Aguilar was enroute to Pahrump to deliver methamphetamine, giving officers time to get in position to conduct a traffic stop with the suspect vehicle once it entered town.
As Lara-Aguilar drove into the area, deputies pulled him over and he was detained for questioning.
His vehicle was subsequently transported to the NCSO impound lot where Det. Trevor Meade then obtained a search warrant to look through it for the drugs he believed were inside.
During his search, the narcotics detective reportedly found 13 individually packaged bags inside Lara-Aguilar’s vehicle, ranging in size from 1 ounce, or 28 grams, to an 8-ball, or 3.5 grams. Altogether Meade found approximately 105 grams or one-fourth of a pound of methamphetamine inside the suspect’s car.
Police also reportedly found Lara-Aguilar’s cell phone during their search, which contained the numbers of many Pahrump meth dealers such as “Andrea.”
As deputies questioned Lara-Aguilar while he was detained, the man allegedly admitted to a sergeant on scene that he was in the country illegally. The only identification he had on him at the time of his arrest was a Mexican ID card from the state of Zacatecas, and immigration was contacted about Lara-Aguilar’s immigration status.
Lara-Aguilar was subsequently arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center where he was booked into custody on charges of trafficking methamphetamine.
His bail was set at $25,000 and he remained in custody as of Wednesday.
Lara-Aguilar could also be facing additional trafficking charges based on information that will be submitted to the Nye County District Attorney’s Office by detectives from previous covert cases they conducted involving Lara-Aguilar.
NCSO is not releasing the man’s mugshot at this time.