3 pounds of meth recovered in arrest

Investigators arrested three men on Lompa Lane late Thursday who were allegedly found in possession of three pounds of crystal methamphetamine with an estimated street value of more than $170,000.

Samuel Castro Rijos, a 24-year-old unemployed man from Carson City, Eduardo Augustin Castillo, 21, a laborer from Sparks, and Eli Jesus Sandoval, a 37-year-old mechanic from Los Angeles, were arrested and charged with trafficking drugs.

"It was a very significant bust," said Lt. Scott Jackson, commander of Tri-NET Narcotic Task Force. "Three pounds is a lot of dope. Anytime you can take $170,000 worth of dope off the streets, it's that much more beneficial to the community."

Jackson said the trio was arrested around 10:30 p.m. and the search extended until around 2 a.m. Friday morning.

Approximately $5,800 in cash was also reportedly recovered.

The suspects were booked into the Carson City jail on various charges, and bail was set at $270,000 each.

According Jackson, the arrests were the culmination of a two-month investigation.

Tri-NET Narcotic Task Force includes the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Investigation Division, and the Carson City, Douglas, Lyon and Storey counties sheriff's departments. The DPS's Highway Patrol Division also assisted in the enforcement activities.


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