Multi-State Drug Bust Arrested Drug Traffickers
Article Posted: February 8, 2016.
Reported by Caroline Bleakley of lasvegasnow.com
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal indictment alleges the organization generated at least $1.3 million in drug proceeds since 2009. The group is facing charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, oxycodone, and methamphetamine.
The ring included Loren Toelle, 51, Steven Wayne Jackson, 30, Sean Lee Jackson, 27, Robert Lamar Hill, 54, Kristin Rene Wilson, 28 all of Las Vegas and Sherlann Simon, 34, of North Las Vegas. Another person was arrested in Idaho and eighth suspect from Washington is at large.
“Prescription drug abuse, and the addiction to opiates and heroin, is a growing national problem and a growing Idaho problem,” said U.S. Attorney Wendy Olson. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office and its federal, state, and local law enforcement partners are prepared to vigorously investigate and prosecute those who distribute these dangerous drugs in our community,”
The arrests and indictment are the result of a joint investigation and cooperative law enforcement efforts of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), including the FBI North Idaho Violent Crime Task Force, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office, Post Falls Police Department, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation (IRS-CI), U.S. Marshal Service and Department of Homeland Security. Other agencies involved include the Williston, North Dakota Police Department, Divide County Sheriff’s Office K9s, the United States Attorney’s Offices in Las Vegas, Nevada and North Dakota, the FBI in North Dakota, Williams County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Border Patrol, Williston Police Department, North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Northwest Narcotics Task Force, the Washington State Patrol, the U.S. Marshal Service in Las Vegas, IRS-CI in Las Vegas, and the DEA in Las Vegas.
The OCDETF program is a federal multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional task force that supplies supplemental federal funding to federal and state agencies involved in the identification, investigation, and prosecution of major drug trafficking organizations.
An indictment is a means of charging a person with criminal activity. It is not evidence. The person is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
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Popularly Known as ‘Pawn Stars’ Celeb Chumlee Arrested During A Raid
Article Posted: March 9, 2016. Photo of Austin “Chumlee” Russell arrives at the 2013 Fighters Only World Mixed Martial Arts Awards at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel (DENISE TRUSCELLO/WIREIMAGE/DENISETRUSCELLO.NET)
Reported by Ricardo Torres-Cortez of lasvegassun.com
The man known to millions of cable TV viewers as Chumlee on the reality show “Pawn Stars” was being held late Wednesday in a Las Vegas jail following his arrest on felony weapon and drug charges.
Austin Lee Russell, 33, was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on Wednesday. His bail was set at $62,000.
He is facing 19 drug possession charges and one count of possession of a gun by a prohibited person, jail logs show.
Metro Police say they were serving a search warrant in a sexual assault investigation when they discovered methamphetamine, marijuana and firearms in his southwest Las Vegas Valley home.
Russell had a humble upbringing and had to deal with the loss of his father, who died in 2009 at age 54 of pancreatic cancer, just weeks before the premiere episode of “Pawn Stars.”
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A Former Las Vegas Firefighter Got Arrested for Drugs
Article Posted: April 7, 2016.
Reported by Joyce Lupiani of ktnv.com
It happened on March 26. A white 2013 Chevrolet Camaro was observed stopping to pick up a female in the 2000 block of Fremont Street and then parking near Hillside Place and Curtis Avenue.
Las Vegas detective approached the vehicle on foot. When he reached the vehicle, two females inside began handing him glass smoking pipes. The detective also observed the male in the vehicle placing something in the center console.
Upon exiting the car, the male said “My wife left me and I pick up hookers.” The man, who has been identified as Bennie David Brown, also admitted to smoking crack cocaine with the two females in the car, identified as Brenda Kenoly and Donna Fleming-Wyatt.
A search of the Camaro revealed multiple glass pipes and a small off-white rock substance consistent with crack cocaine.
They were all placed under arrest and transported to the Clark County Detention Center.
According to the city of Las Vegas, Brown is no longer a city employee. He officially retired on March 27, which was one day after his arrest.
Brown had been an employee with the city since November 1992. At the time of his retirement, he was earning an annual base salary of $80,124.
According to the website TransparentNevada.com, Brown earned $88,870 in regular pay in 2015. He also earned $36541.75 in overtime pay and $16,581.52 in other pay. His total benefits were valued at $55,503.12.