2 Tahoe bartenders arrested for allegedly selling cocaine to patrons
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — Two North Lake Tahoe bartenders were arrested this month on suspicion of selling cocaine following a series of undercover sting operations, officials said.
Juan Pablo Lepe, an employee of Rookies Sports Bar and Grill at 930 Tahoe Blvd. was arrested Feb. 10 at the bar and was booked into Washoe County Jail on “multiple drug-related charges as a result of the investigation,” according to a Washoe County Sheriff’s Office statement Friday morning.
WCSO Lt. Jeff Clark on Friday said the investigation led WCSO to secure a warrant for Lepe’s vehicle, resulting in the seizure of 9.2 grams of powder cocaine.
Meanwhile, Incline Village resident Nicholas Webber, an employee of the Village Pub at 848 Tanager St., was arrested on Feb. 19 and booked into the Washoe County Detention Facility “on multiple drug-related charges,” according to WCSO, including sales of cocaine.
Both men have since posted bail and are no longer in custody, officials said.
According to WCSO, the stings took place between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4 and were directed toward bartenders at local bars and grills who were suspected of selling drugs to patrons.
Clark on Friday said neither of the businesses will face fines or criminal charges, considering the employees acted on their own.
“This whole issue … started with the discussion of drugs being in Incline Village … and I wanted our undercover officers to get a pulse on what people are saying and what’s going on up here,” Clark said. “I want people to know that the sheriff’s office is doing everything they can to reduce the impact of drugs on the streets.”
He added that more undercover operations regarding drugs in Incline Village and Crystal Bay will be forthcoming, although he declined to reveal where officers will go next.