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Task force arrests 10, seizes 1,502 grams of drugs
by Tribune Staff
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DAYTON — On Tuesday at about 5:30 p.m. a Department of Public Safety (DPS) Investigation Division operation involving multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in the execution of four search warrants and 10 arrests. The search warrants were used for two residences in Lyon County and two residences in Carson City, immediately following the seizure of more than 3 pounds of methamphetamine from Phillip Sharpe pursuant to a vehicle stop on Highway 50 in Dayton.

Coordinating the investigation is the DPS Tri-NET Narcotics Task Force. The task force is supervised by DPS and comprised of officers from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, Carson City Sheriff’s Department, Lyon County Sheriff’s Department, Reno Drug Enforcement Administration and Nevada National Guard’s Counter Drug Operations.

Also assisting in the operations were officers from the North Central Narcotics Drug Task Force made up of DPS, Churchill County Sheriff’s Department, Fallon Police Department officers and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Department.

The criminal investigation began six months ago and has identified a multi-national Drug Trafficking Organization (DTO) with confirmed direct connections to Mexico. The DTO is responsible for distribution of methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine in northwest Nevada, with primary sales in Carson City, Fallon, Dayton, Virginia City and Silver Springs.

The operation resulted in the seizure of 3 pounds 5 ounces of methamphetamine with an estimated street value of $250,000, 4 ounces of cocaine with an estimated street value of $4,000, 29.2 grams of marijuana with an estimated street value of $250 and cash totaling $12,700.

In addition, four vehicles, two motorcycles and 2 guns were seized.

A typical drug user consumes about one-tenth of a gram per use. As a result, the methamphetamine seized would represent 15,000 dosage units.

The operations conducted on Tuesday resulted in 10 arrests — eight adults and two juveniles. The investigation is on-going and police expect to make additional arrests.
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