February 08, 2018
On August 24, 2017, after a 6 month investigation into drug transactions in the Lake Tahoe Basin, the El Dorado Sheriff's Department Narcotics Task Force executed search warrants at two locations in South Lake Tahoe. Large amounts of heroin, methamphetamine and approximately 12 firearms were seized in the search. Lynwood Towle, Shawn German, Melissa Griffis, Paul Ryan and Krystal Long were all arrested and subsequently charged as a result of this operation.
As of February 5,
2018, all of the above have pled guilty, and been sentenced as
Lynwood Towle, who was identified as a major drug dealer during the investigation, pled guilty to possession of heroin for purpose of sale and four felony charges of being a felon in possession of firearms. Towle also admitted a prior "felony strike" conviction, which increased his sentence to 13 years, 4 months in state prison.
Melissa Griffis pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine for purpose of sales, and was sentenced to 3 years of formal probation and 180 days in the county jail.
Paul Ryan pled guilty to possession of heroin for purpose of sales, and was sentenced to 3 years, 6 months mandatory community supervision, with the first 8 months to be served in the county jail.
Krystal Long and Shawn German each pled guilty to being a felon in possession of ammunition, and were each sentenced to 3 years formal probation and 180 days in the county jail.
District Attorney Vern Pierson stated, "As a result of this investigation and prosecution, dangerous drugs and firearms were removed from our community. I commend the Narcotics Task Force and Deputy District Attorney Ashley Colivas for successfully prosecuting this case."