Truckee drug bust yields $3,000 cache
More than three ounces of cocaine and 10 grams of methamphetamine, valued at about $2,800, were recovered last Friday night across the street from Truckee High School.
Truckee police arrested four Truckee men in connection with the find. Gabriel Rojas Salazar, 18; Jose Luis Gonzalez, 41; and Gerardo Morales-Servin, 38; were arrested on suspicion of various illegal drug-related felony charges including the selling of illegal drugs within 1,000 feet of a school. The fourth man, Manuel Reyes-Correa, 27, was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor charge of possession of illegal drug paraphernalia, according to police reports.
Truckee police searched two trailers in the Sunset Inn Mobile Home Park on Donner Pass Road on suspicion of drug activity during a search warrant operation on Feb. 2. Investigators discovered the cocaine, methamphetamine, and other items indicative of ongoing illegal drug sales, according to police reports.
“That’s a lot of dope, especially for this area,” said Truckee Police Lt. Randy Fenn.
“Clearly this is someone who’s dealing.”
The street value of the cocaine is about $1,800 and the methamphetamine’s value is about $1,000, Fenn said. The illegal drugs were found individually packaged for sale, he said. Investigators also discovered just under $1,000 in cash, Fenn said.
Friday’s narcotics bust “is certainly more than what we see on a daily basis,” however, it is not the largest illegal drug bust to have occurred in the area, Fenn said.
Truckee police received a tip which alerted them to the drug-dealing operation, Fenn said. Police were also following up on another drug-related case in the area, he said.
When officers arrived “one guy tried to run or thought about it,” said Truckee Police Sgt. Jason Litchie.
During the search, investigators were assisted by a California Highway Patrol drug-sniffing dog, which alerted them to the location of the illegal drugs found in both trailers, said CHP Canine Officer Jerry Jacobs.
The drug-dealing operation is not related to the high school, Litchie said. However, state law prohibits drug dealing within 1,000 feet of a school, which is why the drug-related felony charges carry significance, Litchie said.
The four men are not related to each other, Fenn said. However, three of the men ” Morales-Servin, Salazar, and Gonzalez ” were all living in the mobile home park.
Morales-Servin, Salazar, and Gonzalez are currently in custody at the Truckee Jail, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office staff. Reyes-Correa was released from jail on his own recognizance on Feb. 3 with a court date scheduled, according to the Sheriff’s office.
The immigration status of all four men is under investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Fenn said.