Man pleads guilty to drug trafficking |

Man pleads guilty to drug trafficking

by Sheila Gardner

A 21-year-old Minden man faces up to six years in prison at his sentencing March 7 after pleading guilty to drug trafficking.

Allen Elseth is ineligible for probation unless he provides substantial assistance to law enforcement.

Elseth’s lawyer, Tod Young, told District Judge Michael Gibbons on Monday that the sheriff’s office was not interested in working with his client who reportedly has a history with law enforcement of attempting to elude capture.

He was arrested Dec. 29 at a Gardnerville motel on an outstanding parole violation warrant. Deputies reportedly found cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and drug paraphernalia in his room.

Elseth reportedly left prior to deputies’ arrival. Posing as an anonymous tipster, deputies believe he called to say the suspect was on County Road about to engage in a drug transaction.

Deputies believed the caller to be Elseth trying to get them away from the motel. Investigators set up surveillance at the motel and observed a subject matching Elseth’s description walk through a field behind the motel, hop the fence and walk up to the rear of his room. He was seen removing a screen and jumping in through the bathroom window.

Officers had a key to the room, but the deadbolt was locked, so they forced open the door and found Elseth.

Using K9 officer Mack, deputies found a backpack reportedly belonging to Elseth containing cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy, a hash grinder and digital scale.

He admitted Monday possession of the drugs and that he knew it was illegal.

Elseth also faces up to a $50,000 fine at sentencing.

Gibbons advised the suspect that even if he qualified for probation, it’s up to the judge’s discretion.

“It’s the decision of the court. It doesn’t mean you’re entitled to probation, just that you can request it,” Gibbons said.

llseth is in custody in Douglas County Jail.