weather icon Clear

Pahrump traffic stop leads to arrest of local man

A simple traffic stop led to the discovery of a substantial amount of drugs.

The incident occurred just before midnight on Monday, Sept. 6, when Nye County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Eric Anderson initiated the stop after the driver of a pickup truck failed to come to a complete stop at the intersection of Linda Street and Wilson Road, according to an arrest report.

“In the area of Linda Street and Highway 372, I conducted a traffic stop on the truck, where I made contact with the driver, whom I recognized from previous narcotics investigations as Robert Thorniley,” Anderson’s report stated.

“I asked Robert to step out of the truck, and Robert complied with my request. As Robert was walking back to the front of my vehicle, he produced a set of brass knuckles and tossed them into the bed of his truck.”

The discovery

Once Thorniley was detained, Anderson asked whether there was anything else in the truck.

“He advised there were a couple of “rigs” and a black pouch containing what he thought to be Xanax,” Anderson noted.

“Through my training and experience, I recognized the term “rigs” to be hypodermic devices containing narcotics. Robert confirmed the devices contained methamphetamine. Each of the hypodermic devices contained between 45 and 50 units of liquid methamphetamine.”

The report went on to state that while searching the vehicle, Anderson located at least three hypodermic devices containing a clear liquid in a console under the radio.

“In the back of the floorboard of the truck, I also located a small black pouch containing numerous blue and peach-colored pills,”

Anderson’s report noted. “From previous narcotics investigations, I recognized the blue-colored pills to be Alprazolam.”

“Robert was transported to the Nye County Detention Center,” according to information in the arrest report.

While at the sheriff’s office, Anderson was able to presumptively identify the pills to be two-milligram Alprazolams along with 0.5 milligram Alprazolams, according to the report.

“I counted each of the different milligrams and there were 20 of the Alprazolam two-milligram and 15 of the Alprazolam 0.5 milligram,” according to Anderson’s report. “Alprazolam is a prescription-only medication and a schedule IV narcotic.”

Thorniley was arrested on suspicion of three counts of possession of a controlled substance and one count of possession of a dangerous weapon.

Bail was set at $20,000.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Friends of Nevada Wilderness maintaining local trails

Nevada is a state filled with beautiful wilderness areas, many of which can be found right here in Nye County, but the value and benefits of those areas cannot be realized unless they can be accessed by the everyday person.

Pinkbox opening in Pahrump Nugget

An illuminated oversized doughnut already overlooks Highway 160, in a central area of Pahrump where passersby will see it on their way to Death Valley. Many local leaders in the valley are excited about the grand opening of popular chain Pinkbox Doughnuts beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday inside the Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino.

Pahrump man injured in gunfire with deputy

Nye County Sheriff Joe McGill told the Pahrump Valley Times the incident occurred at a residence along Bunarch Road at approximately 7:30 a.m. on May 14.

Burn ban in place — what you need to know

A new BLM Nevada Fire Prevention Order is in effect through Oct. 31. The order, issued by the Bureau of Land Management, prohibits specific fire-related activities on all BLM-managed land in Nevada.

Nye County solar regulations nearing completion, moratorium extended

Nye County has spent the last year and a half working to create local regulations for the burgeoning solar industry and following plenty of research and the careful gleaning of input from various stakeholders, that process is finally nearing completion.

Motorcycle rider flown to UMC Trauma

Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services Chief Scott Lewis told the Pahrump Valley Times that crews were dispatched to a report of a serious two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Sandpebble Street and Kellogg Road on the south end of the valley at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8.

US 95 head-on crash kills one in Nye County

The Nevada Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash along US 95 at approximately 2 a.m. on Monday morning, May 13, according to Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue Services Chief Scott Lewis.