Police arrest man in alleged marijuana grow
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A 28-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was arrested on suspicion of cultivating, transporting and selling marijuana – as well as resisting arrest – following a foot pursuit Tuesday afternoon.
South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team members arrested Derek Bond after he fled from a traffic stop in the Montgomery Estates area, said Task Force Commander Jeff Catchings.
Bond was allegedly involved in a marijuana growing operation at 1237 Goldpan Court, which was under surveillance by SLEDNET agents. Marijuana sales were also occurring at the house, Catchings said.
Bond made a suspicious move towards his waist band while fleeing from the stop, causing the officer involved to stop pursuing him and call for reinforcements, Catchings said.
A canine unit from El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office located Bond hiding behind a fence near the intersection of Tabira Court and Washoan Boulevard about 3 p.m., Catchings said.
No weapon was found following the pursuit.
SLEDNET agents said they found 186 marijuana plants and 11 pounds of processed marijuana in the back of the moving van Bond was driving at the time of the traffic stop.
The marijuana growing operation allegedly caused significant damage to the rental property on Goldpan Court, something Catchings said the narcotics enforcement team is looking at more closely when recommending criminal charges to prosecutors.
Law enforcement officers stopped two people, a 30-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, who they believe were involved in the operation with cultivation equipment earlier Tuesday, but let them go, Catchings said.
SLEDNET is in contact with the pair and expect to pursue drug charges against them as well, Catchings said.
Police believe the trio was in the process of moving the grow operation to the San Francisco Bay Area at the time of Bond’s arrest, Catchings said.
Bond did not appear in the county’s list of people currently in custody on Thursday afternoon.
It is unknown if he has an attorney. Contact information for Bond could not be located by press time. He is not listed in the phone book.