Drugs seized, man arrested in raid on home
A drug raid at a house on West River Street last week led to the seizure of approximately 14 grams of cocaine and methamphetamine.
Officers were tipped off to possible drug sales going on at the century-old house about a month ago by concerned citizens.
Idlefonso Colmenero, 56, of Truckee, was arrested on suspicion of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of cocaine for sale, possession of methamphetamine for sale and transportation or sales of narcotics, all felonies.
“[The search] was based upon information received from at least two citizens,” said Sgt. Dan Johnston of the Truckee Police Department. “It was no secret to many people that one if not two people had been dealing drugs out of that house.”
As officers served a search warrant on the residence, a plastic container was thrown out a window, Johnston said. Packaged methamphetamine and cocaine were later found in the container.
Truckee Police Department officers, working with the South Lake Tahoe El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team, also found seven ounces of packaged marijuana.
Three other residents of the home were arrested on suspicion of possession of false identification documents. Two were arrested on suspicion of child endangerment. And one of the three was arrested on a felony warrant.
The Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reported that charges were dropped against all the suspects except Colmenero, who is being held in the Nevada County Jail.
Child Protection Services interviewed five children found in the house at the time of the raid, and will be released to their guardians pending CPS conditions.
According to police reports, the house appeared to have illegal additions and was deemed “unsafe and unlawful for occupation” and was condemned by Truckee building inspectors.
“There was no heat in the house with all these children and families living there, which is extremely dangerous,” Johnston said.
Johnston said the house, which was built in 1918, had major drainage problems, rotting floors and exposed wiring.
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