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January 22, 2014
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Suspects facing drug charges after collision in South Lake Tahoe

Two people are facing drug charges after they were reportedly involved in a collision Monday and police discovered suspected methamphetamine inside their vehicle.

Jesus Cruz-Torres, 28, and Marleni Fuentes-Perez, 22, both from San Mateo, Calif., were arrested and booked into the El Dorado County Jail for hit and run, conspiracy to commit a crime, and transportation/sales of methamphetamine after police contacted them regarding a collision near Lake Tahoe Boulevard and Tata Lane.

At 11:38 a.m., South Lake Tahoe police responded to a report of a vehicle traveling westbound on Lake Tahoe Boulevard that reportedly veered off the roadway just east of Tata Lane and crashed into a fence and street light. Witnesses reported that the vehicle, a Jaguar sedan, left the scene of the collision and stopped on Lake Tahoe Boulevard near the intersection of Julie Lane. The driver and passenger switched spots and the vehicle traveled a short distance north on Julie Lane, where it parked in the parking lot of a church, police said. Officers contacted a male and female inside the vehicle. The man was driving when police contacted them, but the female told police she was driving when the vehicle veered off the roadway. There was no evidence that the female was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision, police said.

Further investigation caused officers to become suspicious and K-9 Quattro was brought to the scene to assist with a search of the vehicle. During the search, officers recovered about 12 ounces of suspected methamphetamine from inside the vehicle and arrested the occupants.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Jan 22, 2014 02:48PM Published Jan 27, 2014 11:06AM Copyright 2014 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.