The registration check of a license plate early Wednesday morning led to two arrests by the Nevada Highway Patrol.
A trooper was checking the registration of a gray Honda Civic, when the car pulled into the Peppermill Resort Spa Casino. The trooper was waiting to hear back from dispatch when he lost sight of the car for a short time, then found it parked in the garage. At that point, the trooper discovered the car had been reported stolen from Carson City.
Other troopers in the area also responded to help and once there, they made contact with casino security. Using security cameras, the troopers were able to find one of the men and the woman inside the casino. The other man seen on surveillance video was never found.
Troopers say 31-year-old Samuel Phompadith of Reno was carrying a loaded semi-automatic pistol in a concealed shoulder holster when they arrested him. They learned he was a convicted felon and also had an active warrant for not having a driver's license. He was charged with being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon, driving a stolen vehicle and the traffic warrant. He's now being held on $27,687 bail.
Troopers also arrested 30-year-old Jennifer Violet Peters of Reno. Troopers say she had 19 grams of methamphetamine, drug packaging materials and paraphernalia on her at the time. She's now facing several drug charges including trafficking and possession of a stolen vehicle charges. She's being held at the Washoe County Detention Facility without bail.