Mother arrested for marijuana
(Correction: This story was published on July 5, 1999. A technical error caused it to be displayed online with an incorrect date.)
A South Lake Tahoe woman was arrested June 30 on suspicion of interfering with a police officer and possession of marijuana for sale.
According drug enforcement officials, a South Lake Tahoe police detective was investigating a child neglect case at the 1300 block of Charles Avenue when she saw marijuana sitting out in the open inside the home of Clarissa Evans. When Evans realized that the marijuana was visible, she wrestled with the police officer, trying to conceal the drugs.
After she was arrested, the officer called SLEDNET (South Lake El Dorado Narcotic Enforcement Team), a multi-agency drug enforcement team, to conduct a warranted search of the residence.
SLEDNET officers found 2 1/2 pounds of marijuana, a weigh scale, packaging material and a hand gun. Officials estimated the value of the marijuana at $3,200.
“This is not unusual for us,” said SLEDNET’s Task Force Cmdr. Christopher Elliott. “This has been about the third case in recent months that this particular officer has investigated a child welfare case where the parents are possessing drugs for either their use or for sale.”
Elliott said that in this case, the child was not at the residence when the arrest was made. The case will be turned over to the Child Protective Services.
Evans, who was booked in the El Dorado County Jail, has been released on $10,000 bail. Arraignment has not been scheduled. If convicted, Evans could face misdemeanor charges for interference with an officer and felony charges for possession of marijuana for sale.
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