Man held on weapons charges
BROCKWAY – A Sept. 7 traffic stop atop Brockway Summit netted a handful of weapon and drug charges for a Tahoe City man.
After witnessing a Ford pickup truck weave into the wrong lane on Highway 267, Placer County Sheriff Deputy Mike Anderson pulled the driver over and approached the vehicle. According to the sheriff’s report, the driver appeared to have a gun stashed between his legs.
Anderson drew his gun and ordered the driver to place his hands on his head, according to Detective Sgt. Jeff Granum. The driver protested that the alleged gun was only a lighter.
After calling for backup, the deputy handcuffed the driver and escorted him to the patrol car. Upon investigation, Anderson found that the item that had fallen from between the man’s legs was indeed a lighter – a replication of a .25-caliber pistol.
Also noticing a yellow pipe on the truck’s floorboard, Anderson searched the vehicle. Another pipe was found under the seat and a plastic container with 2.2 grams of methamphetamine was located in the driver’s door.
A digital scale and bag of marijuana were also found in the truck. Also in the vehicle, Anderson found a small pouch containing another pipe, a pair of night vision goggles, three pellet guns and a .25-caliber pistol.
Upon concluding the search of the vehicle, the deputy booked Authur Louis Lecero, 34, into the Tahoe City jail for possession of controlled substance, transaction of controlled substance, convicted felon in possession of firearms, possession of dangerous weapons and narcotics at the same time, carrying a concealed weapon, carrying a loaded weapon, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
According to the sheriff’s report, Lecero’s bail was set for $10,000. Posting his bail by the following afternoon, Lecero was assigned an Oct. 24 arraignment date, to be held at the Placer County Superior Court House in Tahoe City.
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