Raj Singh, owner of the Road Runner Motel in Schurz was arrested after Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe issued a warrant for his arrest.Raj Singh, owner of the Road Runner Motel in Schurz was arrested on Sept.10 after Mineral County District Attorney Sean Rowe issued a warrant for his arrest.

Arrested on drug charges stemming a large drug bust on Sept. 2 which ended up yielding over a half-million in marijuana plants, dried and bagged marijuana and hash oil.

Taken from his Sacramento four-plex by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies, Singh was arrested around 1 p.m.

The 9.735 acre motel listed under the name of Krishna Loving Trust through the Mineral County Assessor’s website was purchased in 2013 by Raghvendra “Raj” Singh, who in the greater Sacramento area is known for having many properties, all paid for by cash and all in names of various trusts or under the name of his wife, Kiran Rawat.

Most of these properties have been cited by code enforcement authorities in Sacramento County and the city of Sacramento for various violations. In a fire within one of his properties, a squatter lost her life. The property owner admitted to authorities that he had allowed her to live within the home.

The Mineral County warrant of $25,000 was a cash only warrant for the felony drug charges. Singh later bailed out with $50,000 pending an extradition hearing. At this time, Singh is a free man. He will be ordered to Mineral County to face charges of having a grow operation on his property in Schurz, located on Highway 95.
Sheriff Stewart Handte stated that he had been in touch with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Nevada to see whether federal drug charges could be filed due to the interstate issues.

These issues arise after California authorities raided two known properties owned by Singh and recovered a great deal of marijuana at both locations. The laws and regulations of growing marijuana in California are greatly different than those in Nevada, where the grow operation was found to be within 361 feet of the Schurz Elementary School.

Though the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Jail website showed a no-bail extraction hold on Singh, he is a free man until he is ordered into court in Mineral County. At press time, further charges against the motel owner were pending, according to Handte, who stated that the extradition hearing is set for Oct. 22.