Kirkwood employees arrested on drug charge |

Kirkwood employees arrested on drug charge

Christina Proctor

A search warrant served at Kirkwood Ski Resort’s employee housing Friday resulted in the arrest of six employees for the alleged sale and distribution of marijuana.

Alpine County Sheriff’s Deputy Rob Levy said the arrests were the result of an investigation that spanned several months. Based on information from confidential informants that narcotics had been sold and that the subjects were maintaining a place for the sale of narcotics, investigators said they executed the search warrant with the cooperation of Kirkwood security personnel. Deputies reportedly seized 199.5 grams of marijuana and a small amount of substance suspected to be LSD.

Glen Alexander, 27, Ryan Oku, 18, Matthew Strachan, 20, and Robert VanDyke, 23, all of Kirkwood, and Benjamin Gray, 23, of Sacramento, were arrested on suspicion of renting and maintaining a place for the distribution of a controlled substance, and possession of marijuana for sale. Scott P. Lacy, 19, of Pine Grove, was arrested for allegedly possessing marijuana for sale.

Levy said sheriffs also confiscated a total of approximately $1,000 in cash from several of the suspects.

“Kirkwood was very cooperative during this investigation,” Levy said. “They are supportive of a drug-free workplace, and were deeply concerned about the activity that was going on there.”

A spokesperson for Kirkwood said the resort has a zero-tolerance policy in place concerning drug use among their employees.

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