Reno Man Returned to United States From Mexico to Face Drug Charges
By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, December 15, 2022 11:59 am
RENO, Nev. (775 Times, NV Globe) – A Reno man was extradited from Mexico to face drug trafficking allegations.
On Tuesday, Nassrollah Behmard appeared in court for the first time in the Southern District of California. His next court appearance is scheduled on December 27.
In June of this year, a Reno grand jury accused Behmard, 64, with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine, six charges of distribution of a methamphetamine, and conspiracy to launder money.
He went to Mexico in 2014 to escape being arrested in connection with a narcotics trafficking prosecution in Washoe County.
In March 2022, the FBI discovered that Behmard was scheming with co-conspirators in Reno and Los Angeles to distribute methamphetamine in Reno while residing in Mexico.
According to the DOJ, Behmard was in charge of the distribution of more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine from March to June of 2022.
According to the DOJ, on June 6, Behmard planned for the delivery of over 100 pounds of methamphetamine from Los Angeles to Reno with co-conspirator Ramon Guadalupe Sanchez Maldonado.
The package was intercepted and tracked down to a lab in the Los Angeles region. Law authorities demolished the lab and recovered around 1,000 pounds of methamphetamine.
Behmard and other co-conspirators, including Owen Eugene Dick, 58, Melissa Ann Longo, 46, Ramon Guadalupe Sanchez Maldonado, 51, and Jesus Sanchez Vargas, 22, were charged in June 2022 with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and associated felonies such as money laundering.
Except for Behmard, all were apprehended in July 2022.
Behmard faces a potential sentence of life in prison and a minimum of ten years in jail if convicted.
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