Largest Drug Bust In Nye County Estimated At Over $20 Million In Street Value
The Nye County Sheriff's Office reports several men were arrested in a joint operation eradicating the largest drug bust in Nye County history. The outdoor grow operation was located in Peavine Canyon near Round Mountain.
The Nye County Sheriff's Office reports several men were arrested in a joint operation eradicating the largest drug bust in Nye County history.
They said a large outdoor grow operation was investigated in September of this year involving multiple agencies, including the Nevada Division of Wildlife, the United States Forest Service, the DEA and more.
The operation was located in Peavine Canyon near Round Mountain.
During a raid authorities seized 9,000 plants, 500 pounds of finished, packaged product and chemicals used to grow marijuana that could be harmful to the surrounding environment.
Nye County Sheriff's Office said the street valued is estimated at over $20 million.
26-year-old Jordan Torres of Dinuba, California and 30-year-old Jose Mendez-Ayala of Lettusville, California were arrested and charged with trafficking a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.
Mendez-Ayala was found to be in the country illegally and was turned over to ICE, Nye County Sheriff's Office said.
A third suspect, 38-year-old Eustacio Piedra-Robledo of Perris, California, fled and was later apprehended in Riverside, California.
Nye County Sheriff's Office said this operation was associated with other drug operations and human trafficking.
They said anyone who suspects grow operations in their area should contact Nye County Sheriff’s Office at (775) 751-7000.
(The Nye County Sheriff's Office contributed to this report).