On Sunday, May 26, at approximately 7:30 a.m. a Mesquite police officer observed a suspicious vehicle parked in front of a gas station. The driver’s door was open, and the adult female driver was slumped over the steering wheel. An adult male was also seated in the passenger seat.
The officer approached the vehicle and observed possible drug activity inside the vehicle and other officers arrived to assist in the investigation. After officers checked the female’s welfare, they continued to investigate the drug activity. Due to items found in the female’s possession, officers handcuffed her and placed her in the back of a patrol vehicle. While still on scene, the female attempted to escape from the handcuffs and dispose of illegal drugs that were concealed on her body. She was in possession of approximately 29 grams of methamphetamine and over 80 pills of a controlled prescription medication. Officers safely stopped her escape attempt and recovered the drugs.
Officers also contacted the male passenger and he was found to be in possession of methamphetamine and a loaded 9mm handgun. He was placed into custody without incident.
Lacey Giordmaina, 26, of West Valley, UT was arrested for one felony count of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Robert Pelayo, 33, of North Las Vegas, NV was arrested for one felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, one felony count of trafficking methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of methamphetamine, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia.
Due to the felony charges, Giordmaina and Pelayo were transported and booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
The proactive officer and his trained eye were key in getting the gun and drugs off the street. Chief Chesley stated “Dangerous drugs and firearms are never a good combination. We are fortunate these suspects did not attempt to use their firearm against one of our officers or citizens. Our officers are well-trained and maintained their composure in what could have been a much more serious situation. We will continue to use our training to combat these crimes and keep our residents and visitors safe”.
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