For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4307 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has announced a sentencing result in a drug trafficking prosecution that stemmed from a 2015 investigation initiated by the Regional Crime Suppression Unit (RCSU). The investigation centered on an area of Reno that was experiencing a spike in drug activity and violence believed to be connected to the drug trafficking from California, particularly the Stockton area.
Alverse Jeffrey Taylor, 30, from Stockton, California was sentenced up to 19 years on one count of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance and one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sale in Washoe County District Court last Monday. The sentence ensures that Taylor must serve a minimum of over five and half years in prison before becoming eligible for parole. Taylor is a documented Northside Gangster Crypt and was previously arrested in connection with a gang sweep coordinated by the Stockton Police Department in April.
On August 31, 2015, RCSU detectives contacted Taylor in the area of Wells and 6th Street. Taylor was seen pulling into a parking lot, exiting his vehicle and removing an item from its trunk and placing it into the front of his pants. On seeing this, RCSU detectives began following Taylor and conducted a traffic stop of his vehicle for a traffic violation. A subsequent search of Taylor located over 23 grams of heroin, which had been hidden inside a pocket sewn into Taylor’s underwear. Detectives also seized over 14 grams of Alprazolam (Xanax) and 19 grams of Marijuana from Taylor’s vehicle.
At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Jeff Hoppe highlighted Taylor’s six prior felony convictions, his continued gang involvement and criminal activity, and the danger to the community individuals like Taylor pose, emphasizing how the defendant traveled to our area with the sole intent to import illegal drugs from Stockton into Washoe County.