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Tip leads to arrest of pair on drug charges

Jeff Munson

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune South Lake Tahoe police arrest Aaron Winton, 39, on Friday on suspicion of selling drugs. A second person, Kimberly Lopes, 26, also was arrested.

Two suspected methamphetamine dealers who had been on the run for more than a year were arrested Friday after a telephone tip on their whereabouts, authorities said.

Kimberly Ann Lopes, 26, and Aaron Winton, 39, both believed to be residing at the South Shore, were arrested Friday afternoon on various drug-related charges.

Winton was arrested on San Francisco Avenue, while Lopes was found in an Al Tahoe home. Winton had 6 grams of suspected methamphetamine in his possession, while Lopes had 3-plus ounces, said South Lake Tahoe police Sgt. Brad Williams.

The street value of the drugs is more than $3,000, Williams said.

Both suspects are parolees and had been on the run from various law-enforcement agencies for more than a year, Williams said.

“They both have been sought-after by agencies from the Bay Area to Nevada. In one instance, patrol cars were rammed. A lot of people have been looking for these two,” Williams said.

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Based on police investigations, the two are suspected to be methamphetamine dealers, Williams said.

Winton remained in custody Sunday at the El Dorado County Jail in South Lake Tahoe on $7,500 bail for alleged possession of a controlled substance and violation of his parole.

Lopes was being held on $110,000 bail at the same jail. Among the charges are two counts of transportation of a controlled substances, probation violation, violation of parole and a fugitive warrant in Douglas County, Nev.