Shotgun found at school

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West high student arrested on weapon, drug charges

By The Staff

Agents with the Region IV Narcotics Task Force discovered a shotgun, ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia inside the trunk of a vehicle in a parking lot on the West Las Vegas High School campus earlier this month, and a student is now facing criminal charges.

Gavin Griego, 18, has been charged with unlawful carrying of a deadly weapon on school premises, distribution of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, according to online court records. A not guilty plea was entered for Griego in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Tuesday, and his bond was set at $20,000 cash.

In a news release issued late Wednesday, the Region IV Narcotics Task Force announced Griego’s arrest and the discovery of the weapon.

Sebastian Gallegos, 18, was also arrested in the case. Gallegos, who is not a West Las Vegas High student, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to the release. His bond was set at $1,000.

Gallegos and Griego were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on April 15 on warrants stemming from a narcotics investigation.

The release states that on the evening of April 12, agents encountered Griego and Gallegos in a parking lot on the West Las Vegas campus.  The agent saw Griego standing next to his vehicle, a silver BMW, and noticed a can of spray paint sticking out from the waist line of his pants.

As agents were talking to Griego, they smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Agents also saw a marijuana pipe and a marijuana crush/grinder inside the vehicle.

Griego reportedly told the agents he had a shotgun in the trunk of his vehicle, but denied that there were any drugs inside.

Agents obtained a search warrant. Inside the trunk they found a tactical pistol grip shotgun, ammunition, marijuana, a scale, small plastic baggies and other items.

A dangerous situation was avoided, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said in the release.

“When you mix guns and drugs together on campus, someone could have been seriously injured or killed,” Montaño said. “The agents did their job by taking the shotgun and drugs off the street.”