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Flagstaff Man Wrongfully Arrested Reportedly Settles With The City Of Flagstaff

(left to right) Tremayne's father, attorney Gary Pearlmutter, Tremayne Nez, attorney Wendy White.)

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A man, who Flagstaff Police say was wrongfully accused and arrested during “Operation Riptide,” has reportedly settled with the City of Flagstaff. The “Associated Press” reports Tremayne Nez and the city settled for $350-thousand dollars. Nez was arrested on June 18th at his home on a warrant on drug charges. He was in jail for 30 hours before his family posted bail. Flagstaff Police issued a statement after his release, apologizing to Nez saying he had been “incorrectly identified as having sold drugs.” Southwest Center for Equal Justice attorney Gary Pearlmutter says Treymane was accused of selling LSD to an informant in April. He also says the person authorities were looking for was named “Trevor.” According to police, the person they were looking for that night, was arrested on charges Nez was arrested for. Flagstaff Police say the arrest has been removed from Tremayne’s record. “Operation Riptide” netted 35 arrests, with suspects linked to drug trafficking. The operation was conducted by Flagstaff Police, the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office and agents from the DEA, ATF and the FBI.