Man back in jail on drug allegation |

Man back in jail on drug allegation

Staff Reports

One week after a 24-year-old Gardnerville Ranchos man was placed on probation for driving under the influence, he was back in jail after officials reportedly found heroin and drug paraphernalia under his mattress.

Brandon James Pendle is to appear Feb. 27 in District Court where he is expected to plead guilty to use of a controlled substance.

Lawyer Kris Brown said Pendle would request admission to Western Regional Drug Court and hopes to transfer to a similar program in Elko where he plans to move.

Pendle was arrested for drunk driving and several other counts on Nov. 8 after he allegedly ran into a Jeep and left the scene.

On Feb. 1, he was sentenced to 32 days in jail, with 30 suspended.

During a probation check at Pendle’s residence on Feb. 8., officers found balloons, a spoon, needles and a film canister containing marijuana residue under his mattress.

Pendle reportedly admitted using heroin on Feb. 7.

A hearing is scheduled March 16 for an Indian Hills man accused of selling drugs from his home.

Lawyer William Routsis, recently hired by defendant Gabriel Munoz, asked for a delay to review evidence.

Munoz was charged with eight felonies including three counts of sales of a controlled substance, two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance, two counts of allowing a child to be present during the commission of a controlled substance violation, and child abuse. His bail is $202,700.

He and his wife, Korinna Archuleta, were arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Jan. 19.

Archuleta was released from custody on her own recognizance because she is seven months pregnant.

Routsis asked that his client’s bail be lowered so he could be home with his wife. He said Munoz had two prior felonies in 1997 and 2003, and had been in the community for 18-20 years and wasn’t a flight risk.

Prosecutor Tom Gregory objected to the request because of the alleged level of the drug sales and the fact that transactions occurred in the front of children.

“He is a danger to the community. The identity of the informant is known to him and there is a concern for his safety,” Gregory said.

Perkins let the bail stand, and told Routsis he could file a motion on behalf of his client.