On May 11, 2012, the Southern Area Interdiction Narcotics Team (SAINT Task Force) arrested 2 subjects for distributing a large amount of methamphetamine. Albert Garcia and Tiffany Acosta were arrested after being in possession of over a half pound of methamphetamine.
SAINT Detectives were conducting surveillance on a local hotel room when they observed a silver Chrysler 300 rental vehicle arrive and park in the vicinity of the hotel room. The passenger (Garcia) left the vehicle and walked up to the room when Detectives made contact with him and located items of drug paraphernalia in his possession. Detectives then made contact with ACOSTA who was seated in the parked rental vehicle which was leased in Sacramento, California by GARCIA just a few days prior.
After obtaining a search warrant for the vehicle through the Mesquite Justice Court, Detectives deployed a K-9 narcotic detection dog “Bruiser” which then alerted to the trunk area where Detectives then located approximately 232 grams of high grade methamphetamine, concealed within the trunk area. The street value of the methamphetamine seized is valued at $23,200.00.
Albert Garcia, 29, of Galt, California was charged with Level III Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Transporting a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act (methamphetamine), and Two (2) counts possession of drug paraphernalia.
Tiffany Acosta, 31, of Stockton, California was charged with Level III Trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Transporting a controlled substance (methamphetamine), Conspiracy to violate the uniform controlled substance act (methamphetamine), and Driving while suspended.
Garcia and Acosta were processed at the Mesquite Detention Center and then later transported to the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas.
The Southern Area Interdiction Narcotics Team is a combined Task Force consisting of the Nevada Department of Public Safety – Investigation Division and the Mesquite Police Department.