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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 15, 1999
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation 99-138

Tri-Net Task Force Arrests Drug Trafficker

Suspect arrested as he delivers drugs to undercover police

Members of the Tri-Net Task Force, in cooperation with Nevada Division of Investigation investigators, arrested Rafael Vargas, aka Oscar Gonzalas, today at the Albertson's parking lot on Hwy. 50 in Carson City. Vargas, a 26-year old Mexican national, was taken into custody after he delivered a half-ounce of methamphetamine to undercover Task Force officers. Street value of the seized narcotics is $300.00.

Officers also confiscated $741.00 in cash, a pager and a cell phone. While the page and cell phone were in the possession of the Tri-Net officers, calls were received from individuals wishing to purchase drugs from the suspect.

Vargas was booked into the Carson City Jail for trafficking a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance for sale. Bail is set at $80,000.00. He had been previously arrested on drug-related charges under the name of Oscar Gonzalas.

Tri-Net Narcotics Task Force is comprised of members of the Douglas County Sheriffs Department, Lyon County Sheriffs Department, Carson City Sheriffs Department, Storey County Sheriffs Department and the Nevada Division of Investigation.

Citizens may report drug information and/or activity to the Tri-Net Task Force by calling 687-1658. You do not have to give your name.

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