Routine stop results in drug bust |

Routine stop results in drug bust

He was stopped for driving without his headlights, but that was the least of his problems.

Eric Quintero, 19, was pulled over Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on U.S. Highway 50 near Park Avenue. A short time later police were reading him his rights. It had nothing to do with the car. The officers were more concerned about two pounds of methamphetamine they found in a motel room registered in his name, police said.

Police said that Quintero is on probation with the condition that he submit to search and seizure at any time of the day. While officers were searching Quintero and his 17-year-old passenger for weapons after the car stop, they said they found one set of keys on each of them to the same Stateline motel room.

Quintero claimed they had found the keys, but the room was registered under his name, police said.

A search of the motel room revealed no overnight luggage, just a set of weighing scales, two pounds of meth, with an estimated street value of $25,600, and a substantial amount of cash, police said.

Quintero was booked into the El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance for sale. The 17-year-old boy was transported to juvenile hall in Placerville and booked on the same charge.

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