12-Year-Old Girl Arrested Seeling Meth

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A 12-year-old girl was arrested on suspicion of selling methamphetamine to an undercover officer in the downtown Reno casino area.

Police said the sixth-grader booked Thursday night could be the city's youngest suspected drug dealer ever.

"We don't see kids this age doing this," Reno police Sgt. Chuck Kendricks told the Reno Gazette-Journal. "This should be a message to parents: Do you really know where your kids are? Come on, 12 years old. Jesus, that a disaster."

The girl was standing at a street corner when she hopped into the officer's car. After asking for help to light her cigarette, she's accused of arranging a deal to sell him $60 worth of meth.

At the time of her arrest, police could not locate her parents. It was unknown what school she attends.

The alleged sale took place outside the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino, which has a children's arcade.

The girl was booked into a juvenile detention center on suspicion of selling meth and selling a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a place where children might gather.

A conviction on the latter charge carries an automatic enhancement that doubles a sentence.

The girl's 18-year-old suspected associate, Kristen Kirsh, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on similar charges.

The pair's alleged drug source, Mark Mancinelli, 32, of Reno, also was arrested on drug charges.

Although the young girl told police she just started dealing drugs, investigators think she has engaged in the activity for several months.

"You don't just one day jump into drug dealing and know how to do it like she did on the first time," Kendrick said. "For a 12-year-old girl to be dealing drugs at this level is unbelievable and extremely dangerous."


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