A Nevada prison employee was arrested after an ongoing investigation culminated in a drug bust on the evening of Feb. 4. The 62-year-old man was taken into police custody in a parking lot as he and another suspect, a 22-year-old woman, were allegedly handing over the drugs. The two are now facing charges of drug trafficking and possession.
After a month-long investigation by the Nevada Department of Public Safety and by the Inspector General of the Nevada Department of Corrections Office, the prison employee and one other were arrested that Saturday evening. The defendant, a food service manager, had been working at the prison since October. Police claim that he had been smuggling drugs into the prison, as investigators seized roughly 3 grams of heroin and over 100 grams of methamphetamine.
Both the prison worker and the other suspect were booked into the local sheriff’s building, where they were charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell, trafficking a controlled substance of 28 grams or more and two charges of furnishing a controlled substance to a state prisoner. In addition, the other defendant faces two charges of transporting a controlled substance as well. Bail was set at $250,000 for the prison employee and $500,000 for the other defendant.
Since one of the defendants was an employee of the prison, he will undoubtedly want to seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer, as charges of drug trafficking and possession could very well mean more than just the end of his career. An attorney with experience in cases involving drug crimes will have knowledge of various defense strategies and can work with the accused to pursue the best outcome possible. Anyone in Las Vegas or the surrounding area who is facing charges of drug possession or trafficking is innocent until and unless proven guilty and has the right to secure the counsel of an attorney who will fight to protect his or her rights.
Source: ktnv.com, “Ely State Prison employee arrested in drug bust“, Feb. 7, 2017