Felony charges dismissed against man caught up in drug raid

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Douglas County Sheriff's Office

Felony drug charges have been dismissed against a Gardnerville man who was caught up in a June 14, 2023, drug sweep at the Stodick Parkway apartments.

Luke Reeves, 43, admitted to two misdemeanors connected with efforts to communicate with Janie Phillips, 35, while she was in custody not long after her arrest, according to attorney Mary Brown.

According to an order provided to The Record-Courier, Reeves admitted resisting a public officer and disturbing the peace on Jan. 23. He received a 180-day sentence, suspended for one year.

Reeves was sleeping in the apartment when the raid was conducted, according to court documents.

At a hearing two weeks after the raid, Reeves said Phillips was a girlfriend and he was in the process of moving out of the apartment when the raid occurred.

The charges Reeves admitted involved his leaving items outside the jail for her in an effort to get someone to wipe her phone, according to prosecutors.

Phillips is scheduled to appear in Douglas County District Court on Feb. 20 after she waived her preliminary hearing in East Fork Justice Court on Jan. 31 after negotiations in the case.

She was charged with 15 drug related felonies including unlawful use of a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances act and three counts of possession of a controlled substance.

Phillips may still deny the charges when she appears in district court, and a trial could be set in the case.

Phillips is facing multiple felony charges related to the early morning raid where investigators found two children and seized methamphetamine and mushrooms.

Phillips was released after six months in custody after her mother posted a $100,000 bond on Dec. 13.

She is accused of not only selling drugs herself but allowing one of her children to help in the drug buys.

According to court documents, one of the sales Phillips is accused of conducting was while she was helping to coach a youth soccer game.

Phillips was an employee at Douglas County Mental Health and has lived in the Valley since 2011, according to her attorney, Maria Pence.


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