Traffic stop leads to $50K drug find
August 2, 2005
When California Highway Patrol officers pulled over a man and woman for speeding on Interstate 80 on Friday, they had no idea they would find a pound of speed in the couple’s car on Saturday.
Officers stopped Lacie Rogers, 19 of Carson City, for speeding near the Prosser Village exit, and they found she had a suspended driver’s license. Rogers was cited and her vehicle was towed to a storage yard in Truckee.
Rogers and her passenger, Victor Mediola-Serrano, 26 of Carson City, were given a ride into town to arrange for transportation home.
On Saturday, a witness saw Rogers and Serrano poking around the auto storage yard, according to police reports. Truckee police and CHP officers responded to the yard and detained Rogers. Serrano fled into the woods, according to reports.
Police found Serrano after an extensive search. Following some investigation, officers determined that Serrano had been in the storage yard, attempting to remove something from the air duct of the stored vehicle.
The item was one pound of crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of more than $50,000, police said.
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Truckee police obtained a search warrant for the stored car and the second vehicle Rogers and Serrano drove to the lot. Drug detection dogs indicated that there were several spots inside both cars that indicated the presence of drugs, but nothing was found, police said.
Both vehicles had hiding spots built in for drugs, said Truckee police Detective Robert Womack.
Both Rogers and Serrano were booked in the Nevada County Truckee jail on charges of transportation of controlled substances, transportation across county lines, conspiracy, burglary and Serrano was also booked on resisting arrest.
The suspects haven’t been cooperative in interviews with police and are under investigation by the US Drug Enforcement Agency, said Truckee Chief of Police Scott Berry.
The suspects have been connected to several west coast distribution outlets of crystal methamphetamine, Berry said.