Fender bender leads to pot bust
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE – Strong smelling pot inside a Kirkwood Mountain Resort shuttle van attracted the nose of a security guard and led to a major marijuana bust in South Lake Tahoe Sunday night.
The van was involved in a minor traffic accident at Kirkwood and that drew attention to one of its passengers, Anthony Travis, a 24-year-old from South Lake Tahoe.
Security called Alpine County Sheriff Department to the scene. They allegedly found seven bags of pot ready for sale, as well $200 in cash, in Travis” backpack. Investigators then went to the suspect’s residence, a house on D Street in South Lake Tahoe, and, after Travis’ roommate answered the door, were hit by “an overwhelming smell of growing marijuana.”
During a search of the home investigators reportedly found 86 marijuana plants, growing lights, processed marijuana and $1,600 in cash.
Alpine County Sheriff’s Department said they also found a small amount of psilocybin mushrooms in the house as well as a large number of pots, potting soil and spare grown lights.
“We believe all pot grown in the residence was sold there (Kirkwood),” Braz said. “There were 86 plants. We’re hoping that will make a marginal dent in what’s being sold out there. It seems any of the seasonal ski resorts have relatively the same type problem, and that’s the use and sale of marijuana. Kirkwood just happens to be in our county.”
Deputies booked Travis for three felonies related to marijuana sales and one misdemeanor for possession. Braz said his investigation is ongoing and it may result in the arrests of any of the four males and one female they found living in the D Street residence.
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