A recent joint investigation between local agencies resulted in the arrest of three people and the seizure of trafficking amounts of methamphetamine, black tar heroin, cocaine, marijuana and firearms.

According to a press release, on June 13, the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team (TriDENT), in collaboration with law enforcement personnel and K-9 Unit “Ghost” from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Winnemucca Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol, served a search warrant at two separate residences in Humboldt County in relation to a four-month long narcotics investigation. As a result, approximately 487 grams of methamphetamine, 149 grams of black tar heroin, 68 grams of cocaine, 188 grams of marijuana and four firearms were seized. 

Additionally, Ruben Santillan-Barrera, age 23, Gustavo Carrillo-Lopez, age 43 and Yude Saldana-Avila, age 33 were arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Detention Center on felony drug trafficking charges. Santillan-Barrera was also charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana greater than one ounce and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 

According to a press release this is an ongoing investigation and additional arrests are anticipated. Anyone with information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team at (775) 623-6526, or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch Center at (775) 623-6429. 

The Tri-County Drug Enforcement Team is a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) grant-funded counter-drug task force which operates in Humboldt, Pershing and Lander Counties. The task force is currently comprised of detectives from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, the Winnemucca Police Department and the Nevada Department of Public Safety-Investigation Division.