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WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (AP) - Law officers in north-central Nevada say they've pulled off one of Humboldt County's biggest drug busts in recent memory.

Lt. James Mercado of the State Department of Public Safety said they seized more than 30 lbs. of marijuana, 2 lbs. of methamphetamine and 20 firearms from a Grass Valley residence last week.

Gabriel "Gabby" Jurardo, 42, was arrested at the scene Thursday night, he said.

The warrant was issued by the Humboldt-Pershing Narcotics Task Force. Humboldt County sheriff's deputies and Winnemucca police assisted, including officer Matt Morgan, who said his K-9 partner, Duco, was instrumental in sniffing out some of the narcotics.

Jurardo has been charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of possession of a controlled substance for sale, possession of drug paraphernalia and being an ex-felon in possession of firearms. He's being held in the Humboldt County jail in lieu of $541,000 bond.

Mercado says the marijuana has a street value in excess of $140,000.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - California deputies are investigating the drowning of a Nevada man in a Sierra lake on the Fourth of July.

Michael Paul Taormina, 26, Reno, was swimming Friday at Antelope Lake in northern Plumas County northwest of Reno when a boat passed and he went under.

A friend swam out to help and found him at the bottom of about 8 feet of water. He was taken to shore but investigators said he had been under water for about 5 minutes.

Plumas County sheriff's deputies said Taormina had been drinking but they have not determined whether alcohol was a factor in the death.

The graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno and Galena High School was working in Reno as a structural engineer.

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - Washoe County sheriff's deputies have arrested four suspects in the shooting of a man during a burglary at a home in Spanish Springs Valley.

Residents told officers the four burglars forced their way into the home about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators said they fired several shots into the door and one hit a male resident in the chest. He's been hospitalized but there's no word on his condition.

The three adults and a juvenile accused of ransacking the house were arrested after tribal police at Pyramid Lake found their vehicle near Nixon. Authorities said they have admitted to other burglaries.

The three adults are identified as 26-year-old Clinton Greene, 26, Nixon; Guadalupe Maria Saldana, 21, Yerington and Mariah Star McCloud, 24, Reno.

Greene was booked into the county jail on several charges, including suspicion of attempted murder. The others were booked on charges including armed robbery and home invasion with a deadly weapon.

The name of the Yerington juvenile has not been released.

RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Reno teenager has claimed a top award at a national history day competition on the East Coast.

Dalaiah Johnson, 17, a student at the I Can Do Anything Charter School, was one of eight Reno area teens to compete in the event last month at the University of Maryland.

She won the best-of-the-state award for her one-woman performance on the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Montgomery, Ala.

Johnson and the other competitors from Nevada are enrolled through their school in something called Creative Combustion - a Nevada Arts-in-Education program for high-risk students in Washoe County. It's designed to instill the importance of education and use the arts to address social problems like teen violence, substance abuse, homelessness and poverty.