Alleged meth-makers to face federal grand jury |

Alleged meth-makers to face federal grand jury

by Merrie Leininger

Two Holbrook Junction residents charged last week with manufacturing methamphetamine will now face more serious charges in federal court.

Vance Rommell Winston, 32, and Avryl Murlyne Monson, 37, were indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on seven counts, according to Assistant U.S. District Attorney Dan Bogden.

Both were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to manufacture, to manufacture and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine; three counts of possession of a listed chemical with intent to manufacture methamphetamine; two counts of establishment of a manufacturing operation; and possession of a sawed-off shotgun.

They were charged in connection with the discovery of two storage sheds found full of the chemicals used to make the drug, one at Blue Sage Storage, in Wellington and one at Gardnerville Self Storage.

In what one Tri-NET drug investigator called the largest bust he has seen in the Carson Valley in almost 20 years, acetone and iodine crystals were found. The two substances are defined in federal code as chemicals used to manufacture methamphetamine.

Bogden said cases of methamphetamine labs are prosecuted at every opportunity. The investigators of Tri-NET and a DEA officer brought the case to his attention this week, he said.

“The labs pose risks and dangers to the community,” Bogden said. “Methamphetamine labs are highly toxic and cause dangerous situations.”

How much pure drug is found in the two storage spaces will determine how much time Monson and Winston could serve if convicted.

Bogden said if only 10 grams of the drug is found, the pair can get between 5 and 40 years in prison. If 100 grams is found, they can get up to life in prison.

Bogden said the next step is that Monson and Winston will go before a magistrate to set bail and get attorneys if they don’t already have them.

The charges will be dropped in Douglas County court, said Assistant District Attorney Dina Salvucci. This is a common practice when federal charges are filed.

In Douglas County Justice Court Wednesday, Judge Jim Enearl allowed Monson’s bail to be reduced from $50,000 to $15,000.

Bogden said the two will be rearrested and brought up to the Washoe County Jail.

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