Nine Arrested in Carson Meth Investigation

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CARSON CITY, NV - The Tri-NET Narcotic Task Force has ended a three-month investigation into the distribution of Methamphetamine in east Carson City.

Thursday, the investigation ended with search and arrest warrants being issued by the Carson City Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) SWAT Team, CCSO Street Enforcemean Team, Douglas County SET Team, The Drug Enforcement Administration, Tri-County Gang Unit, Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division Major Crimes Unit, and the Nevada Office of the Military Counter Drug Unit.

A search warrant was served at 3587 Desatoya Drive, resulting in the seizure of about 112 grams of Methamphetamine, three handguns, and one stolen motorcycle. 32-year-old Elvin Lee Fred was arrested on a warrant charging him with multiple methamphetamine trafficking charges in addition to new charges resulting from the search of being an ex-felon in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of Stolen Property, and new Level Three methamphetamine trafficking charges; bail is set at $250,000.

Fred’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Tawnee Johnson, was also charged with Possession of Stolen Property, and Level Three methamphetamine trafficking, also with $250,000 bail.

Seven additional drug related arrest warrants were served:

43-year-old Christopher Shane Landry / bail $25,000.

41-year-old James Tito / bail $100,000.

34-year-old Michelle Rendleman / bail $20,000.

25-year-old Aaron Jalbert / bail $100,000.

53-year-old Lee Huttman / bail $25,000.

33-year-old Patricia Skenandore-Bigpond / bail $100,000.

38-year-old Jason Huddleston / bail $25,000.

They are charged with various felonies including Sales of a Controlled Substance, Drug Trafficking, Conspiracy to Violate the Uniformed Controlled Substance Act, Conspiracy, and Having a Child Present During a Controlled Substance Violation.

The investigation led to about 300 grams of methamphetamine being seized, with a street value of $30,000.00.

Investigators say this effort will impact the methamphetamine distribution in that neighborhood by eliminating one of the neighborhood supply points and several people involved in the distribution of that supplier's product.

The operation began before sunrise Thursday morning and ended with the final arrest around 2PM with all suspects in custody. As a result of the search warrant being served, schools located near Desatoya Drive elected to hold recess inside until the operation was completed as a precaution.

The Tri-NET Task Force is supervised by the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division and comprised of investigators from DPS-ID, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and the Nevada Office of the Military Counter Drug Unit. To report any drug related activity call (775) 684-7440.

Carson meth bust photo courtesy CCSO