Suspect denies methamphetamine sales
MINDEN – East Fork Justice Jim EnEarl set a preliminary hearing for March 3 to hear charges against a Carson City man arrested in an Indian Hills methamphetamine seizure who claims he is innocent.
Leo Osorio-Chavez, 28, is charged with two counts of trafficking in a controlled substance and one count of conspiracy to violate the Uniformed Controlled Substances Act.
He was jailed on $260,000 bail after his Feb. 17 arrest and asked that EnEarl reduce bail to $40,000 bondable.
After hearing prosecutor Mike McCormick’s objections to lowering the bail, EnEarl agreed to reduce the figure to $25,000 cash only.
“This is a very, very serious offense,” McCormick said. “We believe he is the principle. The charges carry penalties of up to 15 years in prison and $100,000 fine.”
Osorio-Chavez and four other defendants were arrested for allegedly trying to sell a half-pound of methamphetamine with a street value of $25,000.
Four men were arrested at Home Depot in Indian Hills. A woman was arrested at 902 Peridot Court. At the time of her arrest, there was a 2-year-old boy in the home.
Osorio-Chavez told EnEarl on Wednesday he was giving a ride to a friend when his vehicle was surrounded by officers.
“I work at Home Depot. I don’t need to sell drugs,” Osorio-Chavez said. “I was giving a ride to a friend to Reno. That’s when I got pulled over with all the vehicles and the officers pointing at me with guns. I do nothing in drugs.”
According to McCormick, the drug deal was set up with Osorio-Chavez.
“We don’t want him on the street selling more drugs,” McCormick said. “We think he is a danger to the community.”
EnEarl set hearings for the next two weeks for the co-defendants. At the preliminary hearing, he is to determine whether there is enough evidence against Osorio-Chavez to let the charges stand and advance the case to District Court.
In custody are:
• Marco Mendez, 29, one count trafficking in a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, $110,000 bail;
• Catarino Vasquez-Esquivel, 27, two counts trafficking in a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, $60,000 bail;
• Coriano Chacon-Hernandez, 31, one count trafficking in a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, $135,000 bail;
• Teresa Castellanos-Padilla, one count trafficking in a controlled substance, conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, $110,000 bail;
According to Sgt. Tom Mezzetta, investigators seized a vehicle and $1,200 in cash during the arrests that involved 30 officers from the Street Enforcement Team and Tri-NET task force along with the Douglas County Special Weapons and Tactics team.
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