Michelle Anthony and Jessica Anthony

Two sisters from Pioche have been arrested on charges of drug distribution.

Sheriff Kerry Lee said Jessica Anthony, 35, and Michelle Anthony, 38, were picked up without incident at their home June 13 following a two-month investigation by his officers and members of the Eastern Nevada Narcotics Task Force from Ely.

Lee said the arrests were not connected to the arrest of Floyd Jackson in Caliente earlier this month on drug possession charges.

“Enough evidence was obtained by the officers on surveillance and personal interviews regarding the two women to obtain warrants and make the arrests on charges of felony possession and distribution of drugs,” he said.

Michelle Anthony was charged with one felony count of trafficking in controlled substance (methamphetamine) and two counts of felony sale of controlled substance (methamphetamine), with bail set at $75,000.

Jessica Anthony was charged with two felony counts of sale of controlled substance, possession of controlled substance not for sale and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $53,149.

Lee said he did not know how long the sisters had been living in Pioche or where either of them might be employed. “I think they have been here a little while.”

He said information deputy patrol officers had gathered over a period of 8-10 weeks in observing traffic patterns, habits and suspected sales of methamphetamines was forwarded to the Task Force office in Ely and an investigation was opened and began to collect further evidence, which led to getting the arrest warrants.

Lee said the drugs were being distributed or sold to “multiple people around the north end of the county.”

Both women were booked into the Lincoln County Detention Center, have appeared before Judge Cowley and will later appear before him to see if there is enough evidence to be bound over to District Court.

In the meantime, they are being held in the women’s section of the detention center.