Attorney General Laxalt Announces Guilty Plea of Pair in Northern Nevada Prison Drug Smuggling Case


February 20, 2018

Las Vegas, NV – Today, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced the guilty pleas of two individuals for their roles in attempting to introduce methamphetamine into Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Appearing in court this morning, Lemuelu Sauni, 53, pleaded guilty to one count of trafficking in a controlled substance, a category “B” felony, and Nanette Ilaei Pea, 52, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted furnishing of a controlled substance to a state prisoner, a category “C” felony. The conspiracy transpired between May and August 2017.

    According to the criminal Information, the Nevada Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General, was alerted that Inmate Sauni had made arrangements to have Pea, an approved visitor, obtain and bring him methamphetamine during visiting hours at Northern Nevada Correctional Center. Investigators intercepted Pea at the facility’s visitor processing area and found that she was carrying a bag containing approximately seven grams of methamphetamine.

      “My office will continue to partner with other state agencies in an effort to bring individuals who commit these crimes to justice, and ensure that those in the custody of the Department of Corrections are given a meaningful opportunity to reform free from addictive substances,” said Laxalt.

        Trafficking of four to 14 grams of methamphetamine is punishable by up to six years of imprisonment and a fine of not more than $50,000. Attempted furnishing of a controlled substance is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of not more than $10,000. The sentencing hearings for Sauni and Pea are scheduled for March 19th and April 16th respectively, in the First Judicial District Court.

          This case was investigated by the Nevada Department of Corrections, Office of the Inspector General. Deputy Attorney General Amy Steelman is prosecuting the case.

            To view the criminal information against Lemuelu Sauni and Nanette Ilaei Pea, click on their respective links. To file a complaint concerning someone suspected of committing fraud, click here.

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                (Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Corrections)

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