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SAINT is a regional drug task force consisting of Mesquite Police Department Detectives, and officers from the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division.

According to Robert Everett, the public information officer for the MPD, the narcotics detectives requested the assistance of the Mesquite police SWAT team with service of two “high-risk” search warrants. Additional officers from MPD and NDI were used while a third search warrant was served almost simultaneously.

Detectives believe those arrested were working together to distribute large quantities of methamphetamine in Mesquite and surrounding communities. During the sweep, police recovered215 grams of suspected methamphetamine, two shotguns, an illegal handgun and more than $27,000 in cash.

The suspects were booked into the Mesquite Detention Facility and all except one, who was charged with a misdemeanor, transported to the Clark County Detention Facility.

The suspects arrested and charges include:

• Daniel Chaidez Ibarra: Maintaining a drug house (six counts), trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine – two counts), conspiracy to violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act, transporting a controlled substance and possession of marijuana.

• Maria Chaidez-Avendano: Maintaining a drug house (six counts), trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy to violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act and possession of marijuana.

• Julian Meza: Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine – six counts), conspiracy to violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act (six counts) and transporting a controlled substance (two counts).

• Christopher Mora: Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine – six counts), conspiracy to violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act (six Christopher Mora counts), allowing a child to be present during narcotic transactions, maintaining a drug house (six counts), possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia (eight counts).

Tara Craft: Maintaining a drug house (five counts), allowing a child to be present during narcotic transactions, unlawful to be present when drugs are sold, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Joshua Tedder: Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Conspiracy to violate uniform controlled substance act, Transporting a controlled substance.

Mayra Alvarado – Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), conspiracy to violate Uniform Controlled Substance Act, transporting a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.

Nicanor Vasquez-Men-doza: Possession of drug paraphernalia.

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