White Pine County Sheriff’s deputies pursued a vehicle from a local motel on Sunday, March 13, arresting three California residents.
At around 9 a.m. the sheriff’s office received a report of possible drug use at a motel in Ely. When deputies arrived, they were able to observe what appeared to be methamphetamine inside of the empty motel room. As deputies proceeded to obtain a search warrant for the room, they observed the suspects return to the room and remove the suspected methamphetamine. Deputies then approached the suspects, who fled in a vehicle.
Deputies pursued the vehicle, and observed the suspects throwing the suspected methamphetamine out of the vehicle window. Deputies managed to stop the vehicle and arrest the three occupants.
The sheriff’s office identified the suspects as Ray A. Chavez, 47, of Barstow, Calif., Brian S. Inkenbrandt, 52, of Victorville, Calif., and Brenda L. Rodriguez, 40, of Hinkley, Calif.
Chavez has been charged with obstructing a police officer, transporting a controlled substance, destruction of evidence, trafficking a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine and convicted person failure to register. He is being held on $500,000 bail.
Inkenbrandt has been charged with obstructing a police officer, failure to yield right of way, eluding, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of methamphetamine, and transporting a controlled substance. He is being held on $40,000 bail.
Rodriguez was arrested for open container of alcohol in a vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession of methamphetamine. She is being held on $15,000 bail.
Deputies recovered approximately 32 grams of methamphetamine, worth about $3,200, and continue to investigate.
The three were arraigned on March 17, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for March 24.