Truckee man accused of selling drugs at bar |

Truckee man accused of selling drugs at bar

Authorities say a fortuitous traffic stop led them to arrest a Truckee man they had been investigating for two months for allegedly dealing drugs from a Truckee bar.

Truckee Police Officer Shelby Blaisdell stopped a car on Interstate 80 early Thursday for excessive speed. The officer arrested Walter “Lamont” Wright, 34, on suspicion of driving under the influence, and in the ensuing search of his vehicle, discovered an undisclosed amount of cocaine and more than 50 sealable bags often used to package drugs, said Truckee Sgt. Dan Johnston in a department news release.

Authorities said Wright was a bartender at the Pastime Bar in Truckee, and had been under investigation for two months due to reports that he was selling cocaine at the bar.

“Bars are a frequent location for drug dealing,” said Sgt. Johnston in an interview. “It’s a hazard of the business.”

Johnston added that the traffic stop was unrelated to the department’s investigation of Wright.

“It just happened to be a lucky stop by an officer who knew of the investigation,” Johnston said.

In a phone interview Monday, the owner of the Pastime watering hole denied knowledge of any drug-dealing by Wright, whom he said was part of the bar’s maintenance staff, not a bartender.

Shannon Peacock added that he hopes the drug case will not have a negative effect on his business.

“It’s not the bar, it’s just an individual,” Peacock said of Wright’s arrest. “I was unaware that he was doing this.”

Following the traffic stop, Truckee Police detectives obtained a warrant to search Wright’s Moraine Road residence in Truckee.

“Located inside the residence were cocaine remnants, a scale, as well as hundreds of unused, small, Ziploc baggies with designs on them,” Sgt. Johnston stated in the release.

Wright was booked into Nevada County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence and possession of cocaine with intent to sell. His bail was set at $7,500.

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