SLEDNET makes arrest
A man convicted of selling cocaine at South Shore in 1997 was arrested again Thursday in an outdoor restroom at Harveys Resort Casino’s bus depot.
Elmer Rojas-Guzman, 23, allegedly sold five ounces of cocaine to an undercover officer in the restroom and was arrested with $3,400 of the officer’s cash in his pocket.
“He was nice enough to bring us five but we only asked for four,” said Chris Elliott, task force commander of SLEDNET, the South Shore multiagency drug task force that made the bust.
Officer also found 2.5 grams of cocaine on Rojas-Guzman wrapped in bindles, or small paper packets. In total, SLEDNET seized 146 grams of cocaine with a street value of $8,700.
Elliott said Rojas-Guzman was in the country illegally and was deported after serving his sentence for the 1997 convictions. Rojas-Guzman came back from Mexico and about two months ago began delivering a half ounce to an ounce of cocaine to an undercover officer, Elliott said.
He is charged with four counts of trafficking cocaine, the most serious charge filed because of the 146 grams. A conviction is punishable with maximum of life in prison with a possibility of parole after 10 or 25 years, said Mark Jackson, deputy district attorney for Douglas County.
The other counts allege that Rojas-Guzman sold 12 grams of cocaine Aug. 23, sold or possessed 26 grams of cocaine Sept. 17 and sold or possessed 26 grams of cocaine Sept. 28.
“He was on the shocked side. He knows he’s looking at heavy time in Nevada,” said Elliott, who was present during the arrest. “Apparently he didn’t get the message or learn his lesson but now he will.”
The California Department of Justice, Nevada Division of Investigation TRINET Task Force, Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and South Lake Tahoe Police Department assisted on the case.
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