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"Grandmother" busted for heroin

A 66-year-old Gardnerville woman was arrested Thursday for transporting and possessing tar heroin and methamphetamine after she picked up the drugs at an apartment in Stockton, Calif., in a yellow 1973 Pontiac Firebird.

SLEDNET, South Shore’s mutiagency drug task force, followed Dorothea “Dolly” Garcia from a hotel room in South Lake Tahoe to Stockton where they teamed up with CRACNET, a drug task force from Stockton, and arrested Garcia after she reportedly picked up 14 grams of heroin and 14 grams of methamphetamine worth $2,240.

“She’s been dealing with drugs in South Lake Tahoe for quite a while,” said SLEDNET Task Force Commander Chris Elliott. “For years officers have known she’s been dealing but she’s escaped getting caught because when she’s pulled over she looks like a little grandmother. This time it didn’t work.”

Elliott said Garcia was held at a local hospital while they obtained a special search warrant that allowed them to search “on and in her person.” As Garcia undressed, an officer reportedly saw a plastic baggy in her hand. It turned out to be two plastic bags each filled with drugs, Elliott said.

SLEDNET also arrested 48-year-old Michael Kukor, a passenger in Garcia’s car who violated his probation by leaving El Dorado County. Officers reported that Kukor, on probation for a drug conviction, also appeared to be high on heroin at the time of his arrest.

SLEDNET searched Kukor’s room at National 9 Motel and arrested Steve Barcellows, 48, because of a “clean” syringe he had which was a violation of of probation he was on because of a drug conviction.

Elliott said he believes Garcia, who has drug-related convictions dating back to 1951, has been in the area of South Lake Tahoe since 1989.

Garcia was booked into San Joaquin County Jail but posted her $66,000 bail a day later.

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