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A man on a scooter was arrested last week after 13 grams of methamphetamine were allegedly found on his person during a traffic stop.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, Thursday around 9:25 p.m. a Nye County Sheriff’s detective received information that a man named Christopher Guoin was attempting to sell a quarter ounce of methamphetamine.

The officer began looking for the suspect, who he noted would likely be driving a type of scooter. The detective soon spotted a scooter traveling northbound on Homestead Road.

As he turned to catch up with the driver, the detective noted the man made an abrupt turn off the roadway onto the shoulder of the road without using his turn signal.

He subsequently conducted a traffic stop with Guoin, who began making movements like he might try to run from the officer.

Guoin was instructed to turn around and place his hands behind his head. The officer then told him he was going to search Guoin for any weapons due to the way he was acting.

During that search, the detective allegedly felt a lump in the man’s right front pocket, which felt to him as though it might be a meth pipe.

When asked if his suspicions were correct, Guoin allegedly nodded his head.

The detective then pulled a large plastic bag out of the suspect’s pocket, which allegedly contained a pipe along with another bag inside that appeared to contain methamphetamine.

The smaller bag containing the substance allegedly tested presumptive positive for meth and weighed approximately 12.3 grams.

Guoin was then placed under arrest and when police searched his other front pocket, two additional small zip lock bags of meth were also found on his person, bringing the total found in Guoin’s possession that evening to 13 grams.

Guoin was later transported to the Nye County Detention Center where he was booked into custody on charges of possession of a schedule one controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell methamphetamine, turn signal required and driving without a valid license.

COPS: Man cites Constitution, refuses to ID self to police

Nevada Highway Patrol troopers placed an unidentified man under arrest last week after he refused to give officers his name or follow their instructions when he was pulled over for speeding on the highway.

According to an arrest report in the case, an NHP trooper pulled over a black Mercedes with no visible registration near the intersection of State Route 160 and Homestead Road for allegedly doing 94 mph in a 55 mph zone.

When the officer made contact with the driver, who was listed as John Doe in the report, the man allegedly refused to identify himself, but instead gave him some form of documentation referring to his status as a constitutionalist.

The trooper asked the driver several times for his driver’s license, but the man allegedly continued to refuse to produce either it or the vehicle’s registration. Instead the man kept asking the trooper if he had been sworn to uphold the Constitution.

After several unsuccessful attempts to get the man to present his driver’s license, the trooper called for back-up. The man eventually did allegedly tell the officer, “I am Will, Will I am.”

When the other trooper arrived on scene, the driver was told he was under arrest for obstruction.

The first officer told the man to open his door, but the driver allegedly locked it after a female passenger in the car requested to be let out.

Eventually, the driver opened the door, but refused to get out of the vehicle. Officers then placed his one arm in handcuffs and removed him from the car.

He was then transported to the Nye County Detention Center to be booked into custody.

COPS: Two weeks, two DUI arrests for one man

One man was taken into custody over the weekend after he was allegedly caught driving while intoxicated for the second time in two weeks.

Sunday evening, an NCSO sergeant was reportedly driving in the 4200 block area of Comanche Drive when he witnessed a Dodge pickup truck exit a driveway.

As the sergeant pulled up behind the vehicle, he noted the driver, later identified as William David Wade, had picked up speed and allegedly began traveling 65 mph in a 45 mph zone on Kellogg Road. The truck then turned onto Homestead Road where the driver reportedly sped up once again, this time doing 70 mph in a 45 mph zone as well as weaving within his travel lane.

The officer subsequently attempted to conduct a traffic stop with the pickup, but Wade allegedly sped up to 80 mph, refusing to pull over for the sergeant.

Eventually, Wade came to a stop near Gamebird Road. He was detained for officer safety after the sergeant saw him allegedly reaching for something in his vehicle.

As the officer began speaking with Wade, he noticed the man was exhibiting signs of intoxication, including a smell of an unknown-type alcoholic beverage coming from his person and bloodshot, watery eyes.

Wade allegedly admitted to the officer that he had been drinking and that he had smoked marijuana as well. He allegedly further told the sergeant the item he saw Wade reaching for in the cabin of his pickup was a marijuana pipe he hid underneath his seat along with two empty beer cans.

The suspect was asked to submit to two field sobriety tests, which he allegedly failed.

The sergeant then placed Wade under arrest for DUI, at which time Wade allegedly informed him he had been arrested within the last two weeks for the same offense and had been recently released from custody on his own recognizance with the condition he stay out of trouble.

He was subsequently transported to the local jail to be booked into custody on the new offense.

COPS: Daughter calls police on meth using mom

Police arrested a local woman for allegedly being under the influence of methamphetamine after her daughter called 911 when she couldn’t wake the woman up.

According to a declaration of arrest in the case, a deputy was dispatched to a home in the 700 block of Alaska Way for a report of a possible drug offense.

The officer was told a female, later identified as Amy Grubbs, was unconscious inside her residence and her daughter had called 911 to report she could not wake the woman up and was unsure whether or not she was breathing. Dispatch further informed the deputy a suspected meth pipe was found near Grubbs as well. The daughter allegedly told dispatchers she removed herself and her younger sister from the property after she couldn’t get their mother to wake up.

When the officer arrived at the address, he reportedly tried to rouse Grubbs by knocking on the doors of the residence. Approximately 18 minutes later, Grubbs answered the door.

Grubbs told the officer she had been sleeping because she hadn’t gotten home until 6 a.m., and that was why she didn’t hear the deputy knocking.

When the deputy asked Grubbs if she knew where her children were, she allegedly responded she did not. The deputy further asked if she was aware when they left or who had taken them and Grubbs was also allegedly unable to give the law enforcement officer an answer to that question either.

As the two continued to talk, the deputy noticed Grubbs was allegedly exhibiting signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. She allegedly told him the last time she used meth was four days prior.

Grubbs was subsequently placed under arrest for two counts of child abuse, two counts of child neglect/ endangerment and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

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