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8 busted in drug sweep

William Ferchland

Eight people ranging in age from 22 to 49 were arrested Thursday as part of a city-wide drug sweep billed “Three Months and a Lecture.”

Approximately 35.2 grams of methamphetamine, 10 grams of marijuana and a small amount of hashish with a total value of $2,232 were collected in the multi-agency raid, according to South Lake Tahoe police LT. Martin Hewlett.

In all, eight people were arrested. They include: Andrea Detarr Alvord, 49; Loretta Ann Puulani Colegrove, 22; Aaron Marcelle Coleman, 30; Tessa Rose Garcia, 24; Elijah Dean Morrison, 28; Jose Lamont Menendez Murray, 22; Tammy Terele Williams, 38; and Matt Dominick Wood; 31.

All eight, who were not part of an organized group, were arrested on suspicion of selling a controlled substance.

Authorities are also seeking the whereabouts of 22-year-old Tyler Sean Matheson Shewbert, described as 6 feet tall with red hair, who is wanted in connection with the drug sweep, Hewlett said.

The combined effort with 17 officers was designed to shed light on decreased federal funding for drug enforcement. Originally called the Edward Byrne Memorial Grant Program, it has been renamed the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant Program and experienced shrinking funds last year from $634 million to $416 million, Hewlett said.

“Operations similar to ‘Three Months and a Lecture’ were conducted in communities across the country today to bring attention to the importance of these funds and the gradual decrease of federal funds affecting anti-drug task forces and communities nation wide,” Hewlett said.

The last large-scale roundup of suspected drug dealers happened in December 2004 at the campus of South Tahoe High School. A California Alcoholic Beverage Control agent worked undercover to buy drugs from students, eight of whom were subsequently arrested for selling drugs.

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