Crime log: Suspicion of drugs leads to arrests |

Crime log: Suspicion of drugs leads to arrests

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Three men were arrested by South Lake Tahoe police on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale when officers found 14 grams of methamphetamine inside their car, police said.

Craig Jackson, Mark Legarde and Rakesh Chand Prasad were taken into custody Wednesday when officers found a razor case underneath an armrest in the back seats, police said.

Authorities watched the three men while they were parked in a 1998 Mazda. Suspicions arose after officers saw the trunk lock punched out and when stories about who owned the car differed, said Sgt. Alex Schumacher.

After the suspects consented to a car search, officers found the drugs.

In other news:

n A 26-year-old male was cited and released for possession of marijuana at Camp Richardson after a South Lake Tahoe police officer smelled marijuana smoke coming from a Port-A-Potty, police said.

The male was found inside the temporary bathroom Wednesday smoking marijuana along with a female smoking a cigarette, police said.

n A 34-year-old male was charged Wednesday with violating a restraining order and theft after he got in an argument with a female friend and allegedly stole her $200 , South Lake Tahoe police said.

n Two rooms inside Sterling Village at South Lake Tahoe were vandalized with orange spray paint sometime between Monday and Tuesday, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

The estimated damage is $1,000.

n Unknown suspects hit the Beacon Gas Station for the third time this month. An employee walked into the store Wednesday morning and noticed items missing, an El Dorado County sheriff’s deputy said.

Lighters, magazines, cards, food and beer were taken by the thieves who are suspected of entering the gas station through a window, the deputy said.

n A 41-year-old Meyers woman reported to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday that someone took $5 in change and $8 in bills from her husband’s wallet that was inside his 1992 Ford F150 pickup.

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