Narcotics team seizes quarter-pound of heroin

By From page A2 | July 20, 2011

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — Agents seized a quarter-pound of heroin and arrested two people last week.Undercover agents bought heroin from Jose Ruben Gomez Gonzalez, 25, before arresting him in a vehicle stop, said South Lake El Dorado Narcotics Enforcement Team spokesman Jeff Catchings. While serving a search warrant on Gonzalez’ Paradise Avenue home, agents found three safes in the suspect’s mother’s room. The mother, Genoveva Gonzalez, 41, was also arrested.

Jose Ruben Gomez Gonzalez was arrested on charges of possession of heroin, possession of heroin for sale and transportation of heroin. Genoveva Gonzalez was arrested on charges of possession of heroin for sale. Both were booked into El Dorado County Jail and both are being investigated by immigration officials.

One safe contained $4,700 in cash while another contained $500, 4 ounces of heroin, a 9-millimeter handgun and balloons, Catchings said.

Four other people, a 1-year-old, a 2-year-old, their mother and the suspect’s younger brother, live in the 800-square-foot residence. The children and their mother, who is not suspected of any wrongdoing, were not present at the time of the search. The brother was home, but is not a suspect, Catchings said.

The bust is significant and represents a larger problem, Catchings added.

“Our task force currently leads all Northern California agencies in heroin seizures,” he said. “We’ve got a major problem with heroin right now.”

Undercover agents bought heroin from Gonzalez on three occasions before the arrest, Catchings said.


Tahoe Tribune

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