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Updated: 12/31/2013 7:15 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A University Medical Center nurse and her boyfriend were arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling prescription medications, methamphetamine and marijuana.

Ursula St. Clair, 38, and Alex Fernandez, 43, were taken into custody Thursday following a police undercover operation and a search of their apartment and car.

The investigation began in early December when police received information that a nurse known as “Miriam” was selling controlled substances and methamphetamine, according to an arrest report.

Metro police arranged three undercover buys of controlled substances in December. In each case, officers exchanged cash for drugs, the report states. The drugs later were tested and found to be methamphetamine, hydrocodone and marijuana.

After the third buy, officers obtained a search warrant for the suspects’ apartment and car. On Thursday, they witnessed the suspects leaving their apartment complex at 3450 N. Hualapai Ave. in the same white Toyota they had been seen driving in each of the undercover buys, the report says. They took the couple into custody and searched the car and apartment where they found more controlled substances. A 4-year-old and 5-year old were removed from the apartment.

Clair and Fernandez were interviewed and then taken to the Clark County Detention Center. They face charges of trafficking, possession and selling a controlled substance and conspiracy to violate the Uniform Controlled Substance Act.

The two made their first appearance in court Wednesday.

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