ELKO – An alert patrol officer and a drug-sniffing K-9 led to the confiscation of a significant amount of methamphetamine on Monday in West Wendover.
According to West Wendover Police Department, an officer noticed two suspicious vehicles on Butte Street with three people transferring a bag from one vehicle to the other. The officer spoke to them and determined one of the vehicles had been reported as stolen.
The three suspects – all Utah residents — were detained. During the investigation, K-9 Officer Astro and his handler arrived and found more than one pound of suspected methamphetamine in one of the vehicles.
The drugs have an approximate street value of $15,000, according to police. All three suspects were arrested shortly after noon and booked into Elko County Jail.
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Alexandra L. Winrow, 34, of Taylorsville was arrested on 16 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, 28-plus grams; one count of trafficking a controlled substance, 14-28 grams; and possessing, receiving or transferring a stolen vehicle. Her bail was listed at $4,025,000.
Rickie Johnson, 43, of Magna was booked on 14 counts of trafficking a controlled substance, 28-plus grams. His bail was listed at $3.5 million
Julio C. Flores, 28, of Salt Lake City was booked on one count of trafficking a controlled substance, 4-14 grams; and 13 counts of trafficking a controlled substance 28-plus grams. His bail was listed at $3,270,000.
“This is a great example of proactive police work in our community,” said Police Chief Cal Kunz. “When we seize large amounts of illicit drugs it undoubtedly has a direct impact as we strive to keep our City safer.”
Kunz said the department has two fully trained K-9 teams now and will “continue to aggressively pursue illicit drug distribution operations in our area.”