Narcotics officer waives hearing in drug case
An El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy waived a preliminary hearing and will appear in Douglas County District Court on one count of felony trafficking in a controlled substance.
Mark Andrew Zlendick, 48, is scheduled to be arraigned on Feb. 8, according to information contained in his court file.
He was arrested May 19 after deputies responded to a report of a domestic dispute at his Gardnerville home.
When they arrived, they were told that Zlendick had taken methamphetamine and cocaine he had access to as a member of the South Lake Narcotics Enforcement Team.
According to court documents, deputies allegedly found 40 grams of methamphetamine in the home.
Zlendick, an 11-year veteran of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.
He is free on bail and is under the supervision of the Department of Alternative Sentencing.
District Attorney Mark Jackson is prosecuting the case. Zlendick is defended by Reno attorney David Houston.
Trafficking is a Class A felony that carries a sentence of either life or 25 years in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 years.