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Mesquite PD Arrests Heroin and Meth Dealers

posted by Quinn Averett   [ updated ]

On February 14th, at approximately 11:45 A.M., Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives were able to close an on-going investigation by taking into custody multiple suspects, whom over the last several months had been trafficking and selling heroin and crystal meth in Mesquite Nevada.  After safely taking the suspects into custody, the detectives served a search warrant on a hotel room as well as a vehicle.  Inside both the hotel room and vehicle, detectives seized more illegal drugs and multiple items of drug paraphernalia. 

Michelle Partridge, 46, of Panguitch Utah, was arrested and charged with: Three felony counts of sells of a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of sells of a controlled substance (meth), three felony counts of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, two felony counts of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), eighty-four felony counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Elcha Hatch, 20, of Panguitch Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sells of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession to sell a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession to sell a controlled substance (heroin), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brian Hughes, of Panguitch Utah, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of attempt to sell a controlled substance (meth). 

Veronica Molina, 30, of Beaver Dam Arizona, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.  She was also arrested on an active felony arrest warrant.   

 

All suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Robbery Suspect Arrested by Mesquite PD

posted Feb 5, 2018, 11:04 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 11:05 AM ]

On February 4th, at approximately 6:00 A.M., Mesquite Police Officers responded to reports of a robbery at a local gas station.  While en route, officers received a second report of another robbery at a local restaurant which was in close proximity to the gas station.  Both robberies were committed by the same suspect, who had fled the scene prior to officers arriving.  Mesquite police were quickly able to identify the suspect based off of witness accounts and video surveillance. 

At approximately 2:30 P.M. officers located a male matching the description of the robbery suspect at a local apartment complex.  The male was positively identified as the robbery suspect and safely taken into custody by Mesquite Police.  

Jesus Francisco Rodriguez, 33, of Beaver Dam Arizona, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of burglary, one felony count of robbery, one felony count of attempted robbery, one felony count of intimidating a public officer, one misdemeanor count of battery, and one misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

Due to the felony charges, Rodriguez was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

MPD Drug Dog Locates Meth and Heroin on Two Separate Traffic Stops

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:02 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 11:03 AM ]

On January 18th, at approximately 8:20 P.M., while on patrol, a Mesquite Police Officer stopped a vehicle after observing a traffic violation.  While speaking with the driver, the officer observed the driver and passenger may have been involved in illegal drug activity.  A Mesquite Police drug dog was deployed and alerted to odors of illegal drugs inside of the vehicle.  Officers then searched the vehicle for illegal drugs, and both the driver and passenger were found to be transporting and trafficking crystal methamphetamines and heroin.  Officers also located multiple items of drug paraphernalia inside of the vehicle.  The officers were able to take both suspects safely into custody.

Kade Hammer, 43, of Washington Utah, was arrested and charged with:  One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (heroin), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hunter Winn, 23, of St George Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (heroin), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Just the week prior on a separate incident, on January 13th, at approximately 9:30 P.M., an officer had stopped a vehicle for running through a red light.  While on that traffic stop, a Mesquite Police drug dog was deployed, and located black tar heroin and trafficking amounts of crystal methamphetamines inside of the vehicle.  Similar to the January 18th arrest, two suspects were safely taken into custody for the controlled substance violations.                                             

Brian Johnson, 47, of Taylorsville Utah, was arrested and charged with:  One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Letitia Hock, 38, of Salt Lake City Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of possession of a controlled substance (heroin) and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Mesquite Police Department’s Every 15 Minutes Program at Virgin Valley High School

posted Jan 24, 2018, 9:07 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jan 24, 2018, 9:38 AM ]

The Mesquite Police Department will be organizing the nationally recognized Every 15 Minutes program at Virgin Valley High School.  The Every 15 Minutes program is an emotionally charged two-day event designed to promote the potentially dangerous consequences of drinking alcohol while driving.  This powerful program challenges students to think before consuming alcohol, personal safety, and the responsibility of making mature decisions.

 

In the month of February the Mesquite Police Department will be conducting the program with the support of Mesquite Fire & Rescue and Mesa View Hospital. 

 

Many local businesses have committed to donating goods and services towards this event, but there are still opportunities to help.  For more information contact School Resource Officer Justin Goodsell at 702-371-3018.  Donations can also be made in person at the Mesquite Police Department, located at 695 Mayan Circle.  The front desk at the police department is open during business hours,  Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Mesquite PD Locate Large Amount of Marijuana in Home, One in Custody

posted Jan 8, 2018, 3:59 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 3:59 PM ]

On January 4th, at approximately 8:30 A.M., while conducting a home inspection of a drug court participant, an officer found a large quantity of marijuana hidden inside of the home.  Mesquite Police Detectives were called to investigate further.  After securing a search warrant for the residence, the detectives located a large amount of marijuana and edible marijuana candies all packaged and ready to sell.  In total, the marijuana and edible candies weighed approximately twenty pounds.  Through their investigation, the detectives determined the marijuana belonged to the male suspect who lived in the residence, and not the drug court participant.  The male suspect was placed under arrest and safely taken into custody by Mesquite Detectives. 

 Saul Garcia-Sandoval, 25, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Four felony counts of possession with intent to sell marijuana and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (marijuana).                                             

Due to the felony charges, Saul Garcia-Sandoval was transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mesquite Police Stop Drug Trafficker

posted Dec 18, 2017, 11:10 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 18, 2017, 11:10 AM ]

On December 16th, at approximately 3:45 P.M., A Mesquite Police Officer observed a vehicle commit multiple traffic violations while traveling on Sandhill Blvd.  The officer stopped the vehicle and while speaking with the driver, the officer observed evidence of illegal drug activity inside the vehicle.  The officer then furthered his investigation into the illegal drug activity and located crystal methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia on the driver.  A subsequent inventory of the vehicle yielded almost five ounces of crystal meth, more drug paraphernalia, and suspected stolen property.  The driver was safely taken into custody. 

The Mesquite patrol officer’s proactive work lead to a large amount of dangerous crystal meth being taken off of our streets before it was able to reach its destination and be distributed. 

Tara Evans, 43, of Anabella Utah, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of trafficking a controlled substance (meth), one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia, one misdemeanor count of disregarding a traffic control device (red light), and one misdemeanor count of resisting a police officer. 

Mesquite Narcotics Detectives Arrest Three Drug Dealers

posted Dec 1, 2017, 9:45 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 9:45 AM ]

On November 16th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives were able to close a lengthy investigation involving three suspects involved in dealing crystal methamphetamines in Mesquite. The investigation involved narcotics detectives making multiple purchases of meth over a lengthy period of time.  All three suspects were safely taken into custody and a search warrant was conducted on the female suspect’s vehicle, resulting in additional amounts of drug paraphernalia being located.  

Robin Bute, 47, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of sells of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, one felony count of possession to sell a controlled substance (meth), and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Jake Wharton, 37, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: Two felony counts of selling a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), four felony counts of possession of a schedule IV controlled substance, and two felony counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Wes Schmutz, 41, of St. George Utah, was arrested and charged with:  One felony count of sells of a controlled substance in a park (meth), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Due to the felony charges, all three suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Two Local Crystal Meth Dealers Arrested by Mesquite PD

posted Dec 1, 2017, 9:34 AM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Dec 1, 2017, 9:35 AM ]

On November 15th, Mesquite Police Narcotics Detectives completed their investigation into two local residents distributing illegal drugs.  Both drug dealers had been under investigation by the Mesquite Police Department for some time for selling crystal methamphetamines from various locations within Mesquite Nevada.  Once both suspects were safely taken into custody, detectives executed a search warrant on their residence and recovered further crystal methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia.  Both suspects received the following criminal charges. 

Christopher Henz, 27, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with:  One felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of possession of a scheduled III or IV controlled substance, and two misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Brooke Sims, 37, of Mesquite Nevada, was arrested and charged with: One felony count of offer and agree to sell a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of selling a controlled substance (meth), one felony count of conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act, two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance (meth), and one felony count of habitual acts. 

Due to the felony charges, both suspects were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas Nevada.

Mesquite Police Honor Local Veterans and Our Military

posted Nov 8, 2017, 2:23 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Nov 8, 2017, 2:23 PM ]

Mesquite Police Honor Local Veterans and Our Military

 

Mesquite, NV – The Mesquite Police Department loves our veterans, and we love Veterans Day.  On November 8th, members of the Mesquite Police Department and the Mesquite Fire Department were able to watch the 11th Armored Calvary Regiment Horse Detachment from Fort Irwin California conduct a demonstration at Virgin Valley Elementary School.  After the demonstration, members of the Police Department stopped by the 1000 Flags Over Mesquite event to show their respects for both our local veterans as well as for the victims of the recent Las Vegas shooting event.    

Mesquite Police Chief Troy Tanner also recently met with a couple of local veterans to express to them that our police officers, emergency communications dispatchers, corrections officers, and animal control officers support our military and our veterans.  

Chief Tanner stated: “Our police department absolutely supports our veterans; in fact, many of our officers are veterans themselves and now safeguard and serve our country wearing a police uniform.”  Chief Tanner went on to say; “I always enjoy running into both Tuffy Ruth and Tony Hardway around town.  They both do a lot for our community.”    

Mesquite Police Kick Off Their Participation in Annual Canned Food Drive & Parade of Lights, With a Fun Video

posted Oct 26, 2017, 5:12 PM by Quinn Averett   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 5:12 PM ]

The Mesquite 3rd Annual Christmas Parade of Lights is fast approaching.  This annual fundraising effort is for both the Salvation Army and the Virgin Valley Food Bank.  The Mesquite Police Department absolutely loves participating in this event as it gives the police department an opportunity to provide a valuable service to those in need, but we cannot do it without the assistance and generosity of our community. 

Last year, thanks to generous donations from local community members and local businesses, the Mesquite Police Department was able to win the canned food contest by collecting 2,700 pounds of canned food!  We are officially kicking off our participation this year by releasing a fun video announcing our plans to beat our record last year, and collect even more canned food this time. 

We here at the Mesquite Police Department hope this fun video motivates our community to donate canned food to the 2017 Mesquite Parade of Lights.  Beginning November 1st, the police department will be accepting canned food donations at our police department building located at 695 Mayan Cr.  If you or your organization has a large amount of canned food which would be hard to transport, we will be more than happy to send a couple of strong police officers to your location to collect the canned food.

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