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Two arrested in drug bust at Lakeside Inn

Staff and wire reports

Douglas County Sheriff's OfficeRyan Daniel Ferreira

Authorities say two men have been arrested at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino on allegations of selling illegal prescription medications and other drugs out of their hotel room.

Ryan Daniel Ferreira, 24, of South Lake Tahoe, and Garrett Jay Churchill, 24, of Goodyear, Ariz., were arrested Tuesday night by Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and investigators with a regional drug task force.

Authorities say one of the suspects admitted to conducting more than 40 drug sales from their room at the Lakeside Inn.

Investigators say they seized 22 Oxycontin pills, small amounts of marijuana and hashish, drug paraphernalia and about $3,000 in suspected drug proceeds.

– The Associated Press

— A South Lake Tahoe couple who were arrested at their Glenn Road home in December 2007 pleaded guilty to federal marijuana cultivation charges last week.

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On Friday, Tamara Allen pleaded guilty to manufacturing more than 100 marijuana plants, according to an e-mail from U.S. Department of Justice spokeswoman Lauren Horwood.

Her boyfriend, Christopher Liller, pleaded guilty to conspiring to manufacture marijuana with intention to distribute, according to the e-mail.

The attorney general’s office is recommending the minimum sentence of 10 months in prison for the guilty pleas, but the actual sentence will be decided at a court hearing in January, according to Horwood.

Allen, a fourth-grade teacher at Bijou Community School, was placed on paid leave after her arrest.

Officials with the Lake Tahoe Unified School District were not immediately able to comment on Allen’s employment status when contacted Wednesday.

— South Lake Tahoe fire investigators hope surveillance footage from a camera at the Tahoe Keys Marina may help identify who was responsible for two fires that burned about 1 1/2 acres of the Upper Truckee Marsh last month.

Three people are seen in the video, which was shot from about 1 1/2 miles away, said South Lake Tahoe Fire Marshal Ray Zachau.

Because of the distance from the camera, only basic details about the individuals are visible in the footage, Zachau said.

The fire marshal said there are suspects in the case and said he hopes to work with the California Department of Justice to enhance the footage.

— Douglas County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 26-year-old Zephyr Cove man Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana.

At about 12:20 a.m. Monday, a deputy pulled the man over at Lake Tahoe Oil Company for allegedly driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone.

Before the deputy approached the vehicle, the man allegedly was waving his hands around in what appeared to be an attempt to clear the air inside the vehicle, according to the deputy’s report.

The deputy arrested the man after he failed a set of field sobriety tests, according to the report. A small amount of marijuana also was found in the center console of the vehicle, the report said.

– Adam Jensen

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