ELKO – A local man was booked on more than $1 million bail after being charged with six counts of drug trafficking in a Ryndon methamphetamine case that is apparently tied to an even bigger bust in Osino.
Sheldon J. Olsen, 60, was arrested Oct. 23 at a mobile home on Arthur Avenue after being charged with selling more than 100 grams of meth in a series of progressively larger drug deals in February, according to court documents.
Olsen’s supplier was believed to be among the men arrested in March when local law enforcement agents confiscated more than 8 pounds of meth at a residence in Osino.
Hector Hugo Ramirez de la Torre, Jorge Landeros Ruiz and Eduardo Ruiz were charged in that case, which includes multiple counts of animal abuse related to an alleged cockfighting operation.
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A container found between chicken coops on the property contained several bags that tested positive for meth and cocaine, according to court records.
Narcotics unit detectives, as well as personnel from the Elko Police Department and Elko County Sheriff’s Office, remained on the scene for 10 days and nights conducting extensive searches and investigations regarding the animals, resulting in the location of additional illegal drugs and other evidence. Detectives also provided food, water, and veterinary care for the animals.
In total, 8.8 pounds of methamphetamine, $13,000 in U.S. currency and eight firearms were confiscated.
Eduardo Ruiz pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and 10 counts of animal torture in Elko District Court on Oct. 4. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 13.
De la Torre and Jorge Landeros Ruiz have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
Olsen faces six counts of drug trafficking and six alternate counts related to the February drug purchases. His bail was listed at $1,080,000.