Narcotics team cracks large meth lab |

Narcotics team cracks large meth lab

by Joyce Hollister, Nevada Appeal news services

A search of a Gardnerville self-storage unit Tuesday revealed the second largest methamphetamine laboratory found in the Carson Valley in 17 years, drug investigators said.

Tri-Net Narcotics Task Force officers opened up a Gardnerville Self-Storage unit at 1220 Venture Drive based on information uncovered in an earlier raid.

“I didn’t expect this much,” said an incredulous Dennis Slater of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

Investigators inventoried the items in latex gloves and paper aprons as they waited for hazardous materials handlers from Reno to dispose of the dangerous chemicals that go into the drug.

Sgt. Lance Modispacher said the group discovered the storage unit through paperwork found inside a Blue Sage Storage Unit, Topaz Ranch Estates, that also had the makings of a methamphetamine lab Saturday.

He said they were on the way to another storage unit also rented to the two people arrested Saturday.

Avryl Murlyne Monson, 37, of 3244 Reese Lane in Holbrook Junction, and Vance Winston, 32, of the same address, were arrested and charged in suspicion of trafficking, manufacturing a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Monson was also charged in connection with being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Monson is being held on a $70,500 bond and Winston is being held on a $70,000 bond. They will have a first appearance in Douglas County Justice Court today at 1 p.m.

Slater said the investigation is continuing and further charges will be filed against Monson and Winston sometime next week.

He also said it is possible charges will be filed against other people.

The owner of Blue Sage Storage on Highway 395 found a lock on a unit that was supposed to be vacant.

When he cut the lock he found the chemicals and paraphernalia related to a methamphetamine lab and called police.

While the police were interviewing the owner, Monson and Winston drove up to the front of the unit, looked inside the unit for about three minutes, according to court documents.

The Tri-Net task force is made up of officers from Carson City, Lyon County, Douglas County and the Nevada Division of Investigation.

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