Former Incline college president arrested on meth charges |

Former Incline college president arrested on meth charges

RENO (AP) – The former president of Sierra Nevada College was arrested again on drug charges, officers said.

James Ash Jr., 60, of Fallon, was booked into the Washoe County Jail on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and violating probation.

He had been free on bail awaiting sentencing in Washoe District Court for possessing a trafficking amount of meth.

The latest arrest was made Tuesday outside a Reno fast-food restaurant where police said he had been parked in his pickup truck from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

A search of the vehicle netted a suitcase containing many hypodermic needles and a plastic bag containing more than 5 grams of suspected meth, investigators said.

Ash is on probation for a July 2003 arrest that prompted the end of his career at the Incline Village college, the state’s only private four-year college.

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The arrest came after police found a bag of meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in a room registered to him at the Western Village Inn and Casino in Sparks.

He received probation in exchange for his guilty plea to a felony count of possession of a controlled substance.

Earlier this year, Ash was convicted of possessing meth in another case. He’s scheduled for sentencing Nov. 3 in that case.