Agents bust alleged Ski Run cocaine sellers
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake / El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested two men last week on suspicion of selling cocaine along Ski Run Boulevard.
Raul Galicia, 34, and Rafael Santillan, 24 were arrested about 7 a.m. Thursday in an apartment they rented at 1224 Ski Run Blvd., said SLEDNET Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
The men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a crime, possession of a controlled substance and sales of a controlled substance.
Galicia and Santillan allegedly operated a drug-dealing operation where people would contact them on a cell phone and cocaine would be delivered by foot along the street, Catchings said.
Between transactions conducted by undercover agents and Thursday’s search of the apartment, SLEDNET agents seized about a quarter pound of cocaine, Catchings said.
The drugs have a street value of about $3,600, according to figures provided by Catchings.
Both men remained in custody at El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on Tuesday night, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office website.
It is unknown if either man has retained an attorney.
Galicia has previous convictions and has been deported, Catchings said. If convicted, Galicia faces at least three years in prison for violating the previous deportation order, Catchings said.
A third man was arrested Thursday, but released after task force members determined he was not involved in cocaine sales.
• South Lake Tahoe police believe a BB gun shooting incident that shattered a car window and shut down parts of Ski Run Boulevard Friday night was unintentional.
Police have contacted a 27-year-old South Lake Tahoe man they believe was the shooter, said Lt. Hale on Tuesday.
About 9:30 p.m. Friday, a vehicle was driving on Paradise Avenue near Ski Run Boulevard when the window was shattered, according to police, who shut down parts of Ski Run for about an hour while they investigated the incident.
The man suspected in the shooting was not arrested, but details of the incident have been forwarded to the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution, Hale said.
• South Lake Tahoe police arrested four teenagers on suspicion of conspiracy and burglary Friday morning after a neighbor reported a break-in at an unoccupied home at 1901 Venice Blvd.
Two females and two males allegedly involved in the incident were between 14 and 17 years old, said Lt. Marty Hale.
Each was booked into El Dorado County’s Juvenile Treatment Center in South Lake Tahoe, Hale said.
• South Lake / El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested three Stockton men earlier this month on suspicion of transportation of a controlled substance, sales of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit a crime after they allegedly sold an undercover narcotics agent two ounces of crystal methamphetamine.
The men were arrested in the Emerald Bay Road McDonald’s restaurant parking lot about 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 following a sale to an agent posing as a buyer, said SLEDNET Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
One of the men is affiliated with a Norteno street gang, Catchings said.