On August 17th the Eastern Nevada Narcotics Task Force (ENNTF) arrested two individuals for the sales of illicit drug(s) x2 counts each. The accused, Shawn McQueen, age 49 and Megan Griego age 45, were arrested due to an on-going investigation into possible criminal activities and booked into the White Pine County Jail.
McQueen and Griego, allegedly, sold illegal substances (street drugs) on numerous occasions. Per White Pine County Sheriff’s office, bail was set at $100,000 each.
Within a week of being arrested both were released from custody, and are currently awaiting their next court date(s). According to FOX RENO, more arrests may take place in regards to the ENNTF’s investigation.
Nevada Division of Investigations (NDI) and the Eastern Nevada Narcotic Task Force is comprised of the Nevada State Police Investigation Division along with White Pine County, Eureka, and Lincoln County Sheriff offices, and the Nevada Dept. of Corrections. Their main goal is to keep communities safe by investigating and targeting the recruitment, transporting, distribution, and sales of illegal substances.
Rural Nevada in general, can be very “hush-hush” when it wants to be. Unfortunately, being quiet in this day and age of poisonous chemicals, fake pill-pressing, and drug trafficking isn’t helping when it comes to the latest trend in narcotics. August 21st was NATIONAL FENTANYL PREVENTION AND AWARENESS DAY, but little was said or addressed in White Pine County. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Nevada put-out a statement, which read “We join the DEA and partners in raising awareness about the serious dangers of Fentanyl. We remember those lost to this illicit poison along with the affected families and friends all across the country.” Please visit justice.gov to read the full statement. To obtain info along with free resources, including ONE PILL CAN KILL partner toolkit please visit DEA.gov/onepill.
It’s high time that the local law enforcement agencies, heads of school and educators, drug-court, and families choose to collaborate with one-another in order to educate children and public, with sincerity and vigor, where all illegal drugs are concerned. Remember D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)? D.A.R.E. OFFICER INSTRUCTION was directly related to positive program outcome in the school system, which meant there were significant correlations between student engagement and positive program outcomes. There are D.A.R.E. Hometowns – USA taught in all 50 states, and D.A.R.E. KEEPIN’ IT REAL curriculum as an evidence-based effective program. The Bristlecone Tribune will make inquiries as to why the White Pine School District and WPCSO does not engage in these valuable programs as there is grantpurpose.com that can aid in funding. Please visit dare.org for more information and education.
There have already been over-doses in White Pine County, some revived with Narcan and some not. The Bristlecone Tribune urges everyone to pick-up their FREE NARCAN nasal spray (life-saving antagonist for opiates) at the William Bee Ririe Clinic Pharmacy. It is the only facility currently working with an outside non-profit to give the public a means to possibly saving a life FREE OF CHARGE with no questions asked. Local physician’s can write a script for Narcan, which can be filled for free at any of the three pharmacies in Ely.
I will be writing monthly articles for the Bristlecone Tribune with information and links in order to educate the public about the Fentanyl and the “street” drug crisis that is, unfortunately, only going to get worse.