Two arrested in Elko County on drug, gun, theft charges

Montes/Villalobos mugshots courtesy Department of Public Safety
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WELLS, Nev. (KOLO) - Two people have been bound over for trial after being arrested by the Elko Combined Narcotics Unit and Nevada Highway Patrol for illegal narcotics and firearms possession, and stolen vehicle violations.

January 30, 2019, NHP troopers stopped the driver of a pickup for speeding in Wells, in Elko County. Troopers determined the truck, driven by Sheila Villalobos, had been stolen from Utah. Troopers found methamphetamine and a handgun in the truck. Villalobos and a passenger, Bernal Montes, were arrested for narcotics, firearms and stolen vehicle violations and booked into the Elko County jail, with a bail of $300,000 for Villalobos and $280,000 for Montes.

The pickup was impounded, and a member of the Elko County Sheriff’s Office used a narcotics-detecting K9 to sniff the pickup for illicit controlled substances. The dog alerted the deputy for controlled substances on specific areas of the vehicle, and the truck was transported to Elko for further investigation. Members of the Elko Combined Narcotics Task Force served a search warrant on the pickup and found almost three pounds of methamphetamine and .55 grams of heroin hidden inside.

The Elko County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against Montes and Villalobos, who had a preliminary hearing and were bound over to Elko County District Court for trial.

This investigation involved the collaboration of multiple law enforcement agencies, including members of the Elko Combined Narcotics Unit (ECNU) and the Nevada Highway Patrol. The ECNU is staffed by detectives from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Investigation Division, the Elko County Sheriff’s Office and Elko Police Department, and receives additional support from the West Wendover Police Department and the Carlin Police Department.


Montes mugshot courtesy Department of Public Safety
Villalobos mugshot courtesy Department of Public Safety