Truckee man pleads not guilty to cocaine charges
A Truckee man pleaded not guilty to charges of possession for sale of a controlled substance and driving under the influence, court officials said Tuesday.
Walter “Lamont” Wright, 34, was released after posting bail of $4,500, and is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 27 for a felony conference hearing.
In the early hours of Thursday, Nov. 1, Truckee Police Officer Shelby Blaisdell stopped Wright on Interstate 80 for excessive speed, and arrested Wright on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, said Truckee Sgt. Dan Johnston in a department news release.
According to the release, Officer Blaisdell searched Wright and discovered an undisclosed amount of cocaine in a pant’s pocket and approximately 100 sealable baggies inside a backpack. The police also claimed Wright was a bartender at the “Pastime Bar” in Truckee and had been under investigation for two months due to a report that he had allegedly sold cocaine at the bar.
After the arrest, owners of the Pastime Club asserted that Wright was not employed as a bartender, but was an independent contractor doing maintenance.
“We were unfairly brought into this,” said the Pastime’s Keith Diesner. “How can police put out a press release with false information?”
According to the sworn affidavit Truckee police used to apply for a search warrant of Wright’s residence, Detective Andrew Holbrook stated that a confidential informant had initially told police that a man matching Wright’s description “was selling cocaine while working as a bartender in the bars.”
Holbrook further informed the court that following the September arrest of a woman for possession of cocaine, a passenger in her car told police that the cocaine was purchased from a man of Wright’s description, but the affidavit does not state where the alleged purchase took place.
The affidavit described Holbrook’s two-month surveillance of Wright at his Moraine Road residence and around Truckee. However, in the affidavit, Holbrook did not describe witnessing drug transactions at Wright’s residence or at the Pastime Club.
Nevada Superior Court Judge C. Anders Holmer issued the search warrant. In the ensuing search of Wright’s residence, police said they found cocaine “remnants,” a scale, and hundreds of small baggies with designs on them.
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