Truckee man arrested on drug charges |

Truckee man arrested on drug charges

Jenny Goldsmith
Sierra Sun

Truckee police completed a two-month investigation last week with the arrests of a Truckee couple for drug dealing and child endangerment, a spokesman said.

As a result of the arrests, authorities turned over the couple’s toddler to Nevada County Child Protective Services.

On Friday, Truckee Police officers arrested Uzziel Lopez, 23, at his Coachland residence on suspicion of possession of a half ounce of cocaine, scales, packaging materials and endangerment of a child, according to Truckee Police Sgt. Dan Johnston in a news release.

Police also arrested Lopez’ wife, Krista M. Linde, 19, on suspicion of felony child endangerment,

Officials transported the couple’s 3 1/2-month-old infant to Tahoe Forest Hospital for examination before transferring custody to Nevada County officials.

“Tests are being done on the child to determine any contact [with illicit drugs], but the results are unknown at this time,” Johnston said.

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The director of Nevada County Social Services would not comment Wednesday on the removal of the couple’s child, but said the department would move quickly to assess the circumstances.

“Within 48 hours, social services will evaluate the conditions that either support or refute the alleged neglecter,” Alison Lehman said. “They will then be placed in a temporary shelter or returned to the parents.”

In a phone interview, Johnston said Friday’s arrests were unrelated to the February arrests of three men near Truckee High School for possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for sale. The men were later convicted.

“Although they’re not linked, it demonstrates our effort to step up drug enforcement in the Truckee area,” Johnston said.

Lopez and Linde were each held on $35,000 bail, and Linde was released after making bail.