Arrest nets quarter pound of cocaine
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of selling cocaine out of a room at the South Lake Tahoe Super 8 on Wednesday.
Jesus Gonzalez was arrested about 4 p.m. after task force members allegedly witnessed him making several hand-to-hand drug sales in the area of the hotel, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
Authorities contacted Gonzalez as he was entering a room at the Super 8.
He allegedly had about a half ounce of cocaine packaged for sale in his possession and another 4.5 ounces of cocaine on a table in the hotel room.
The cocaine is valued between $7,000 and $8,000, Catchings said.
Gonzalez remained in custody at El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe Thursday night, according to the Sheriff’s Office booking records.
It is unknown if he has an attorney.
Cocaine trafficking continues to be a problem at the South Shore, Catchings said.
Most of the cocaine sold at the South Shore is being brought from Stockton, Calif., and Los Angeles, and there is no shortage of people willing to take the risk of getting caught, Catchings said.
“One guy goes down, the next steps up,” Catchings said.
• A 26-year-old Chico man reported being robbed at knifepoint while walking home from a South Shore casino about 4 a.m. Jan. 5, said South Lake Tahoe police Lt. David Stevenson.
The man said he met two other men at the casino and began walking west along Lake Tahoe Boulevard with them, according to the statement the man gave police.
When the group reached the area of Pioneer Trail, one of the men pulled out a knife and demanded the Chico man hand over money and possessions.
The man handed over his cell phone, wallet and camera and the thieves fled, Stevenson said. The victim then flagged down a passing officer to report the incident.
Most of the wallet’s contents were later found discarded in the snow.
The man was not able to provide a detailed description of the suspects, Stevenson said.
• A red or orange 1990s Chevrolet pickup truck was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident with a pedestrian on Park Avenue around 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 5.
The truck was driving southbound near the Park Tahoe Inn when it struck a 37-year-old Danville man, causing him to roll over the hood of the vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly rolled down the window of the vehicle and allegedly asked, “What are you doing?” before driving off, Stevenson said.
The victim reported a sore hip from the incident, but declined medical attention, Stevenson said.