By Tom Hubka
WesCom News Service
BROOKINGS The owner of a Brookings hotel and two others have been arrested after police discovered following a court-approved search.
The Brookings Police Department and the obtained a search warrant for the Wild Rivers Motorlodge and searched the business at 5 p.m. April 6.
Nilesh Amin, 45, Brookings resident and owner of the motel, was arrested and charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two counts of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance.
Two guests of the motel were also arrested. Robert Phillips, 19, of Brookings, was arrested for a felony warrant out of Lane County and one count of delivery of a controlled substance.
Amanda Atkinson, 27, of Brookings, was arrested for probation violation.
The warrant was for Amin's office and the room where Atkinson and Phillips were staying.
All three were lodged in the Curry County Jail. According to the Curry County Circuit Court, bail was set for Phillips at $50,000 and $275,000 for Amin. No bail was set for Atkinson.
"It's been an ongoing investigation," Brookings Police Lt. John Bishop said. "We've received little tidbits here and there and some pieces finally fell together."
Police were not necessarily investigating Amin, Bishop said, but did receive several tips about his motel.
"It was sort of one in the same," Bishop said. "There was information about the motorlodge and about certain people being there."
The investigation is still ongoing, Bishop said.