The Mineral County Sheriff reports that almost 12 pounds of marijuana have been seized in Hawthorne by the Nevada Highway Patrol after a man was arrested for driving without headlights.
Nevada Highway Patrol troopers, assisted by deputies from the Sheriff’s office pulled over a vehicle for driving without headlights in the 800 block of E street in Hawthorne at around 9:28 p.m. Friday night.
When troopers pulled over the vehicle, they found the driver, 61-year-old Charles Jezzini of Oregon, had an outstanding warrant.
After arresting Jezzini, law enforcement found 11.5 pounds of marijuana in his car.
Jezzini is being held on $27,630 bail and is charged with having an outstanding warrant, driving without headlights, possession of an illegal substance, possession of an illegal substance with intent to sell, and transportation of an illegal substance.
It was the second such high profile bust in Hawthorne since new Mineral County Sheriff Stewart Handte took over in December. Four local residents were taken into custody on Jan. 15 for possession of drug paraphernalia, along with other charges.
Handte made it clear then that the January bust was the first step in ridding Mineral County of illegal drugs.
“We will have zero tolerance in regards to that aspect,” Handte said at the time. “We will arrest everybody for drug violations and we will continue to make this county a safe and healthy place to live in.”
“We will continue to proceed forward in finding and arresting more people who make the mistake of trying to do their drug activity in Mineral County.”