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July 19, 2013
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Minden man arrested Tuesday in Bridgeport for transporting drugs

A Minden man is in custody in California after a traffic stop resulted in his arrest Tuesday night on multiple drug charges.

Dustin White, 32, was riding in a vehicle driven by South Lake Tahoe resident Amy Villastringham, 29, that was pulled over by Mono County Sheriff’s Deputies on Highway 395 in Bridgeport.

A routine background check revealed Villastringham’s license was suspended and White had several felony warrants, including one for transporting narcotics.

White allegedly told deputies he had several drugs in a black backpack in the car.

During a search of the vehicle deputies found 346 Ecstasy pills, 8 grams of cocaine, 508 grams of marijuana, 221 grams of hash wax, and other narcotics paraphernalia.

Villastringham and White were arrested for violations including possession of narcotics and narcotics paraphernalia, transportation of narcotics, and possible narcotics for sale.

They were transported to the Mono County Jail without incident and are currently in custody.

All charges are pending with the Mono County District Attorney’s Office.

As a result of the traffic stop, a search warrant was issued in South Lake Tahoe for Villastringham’s Williams Street home, where additional narcotics and narcotic paraphernalia were found.

Further charges against Villastringham are pending with the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.

■ A 33-year-old Carson City man was cited Wednesday for selling door-to-door without a permit.

Deputies cited Ronald Hiroshi Imai after they were alerted to his presence on Tenabo Lane in Gardnerville.

He produced a permit dated in December, but was advised he needed his own receipt.

He tried to call his employer on his cell phone, but the line was disconnected after he told his boss he was with a sheriff’s officer.

Imai was cited and told to stop further sales until he obtains a permit.

■ A Johnson Lane woman reported an attempted fraud after she was contacted by a person identifying himself as a federal customs officer claiming to have a package for her husband, who died two years ago.

The victim said she was called on July 17 by the person who said he was with the U.S. Customs looking for her husband regarding “a package we have for delivery.”

The woman said her husband died two years ago and she was not expecting a delivery.

She researched the phone number which was listed to a Richmond, Va., address.


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