Pot bust in El Dorado County results in two arrested; likely cannot post bail

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Updated: 9/05/2012 5:53 pm
EL DORADO COUNTY, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) --  One of South Lake Tahoe's former pot club owners is behind bars tonight on charges of bribing a public official. 

News 4's investigative reporter Ben Briscoe broke news of possible illegal activities months ago that lead to the collective being closed.

Gino and Irene DiMatteo of South Lake Tahoe remained in separate El Dorado County jails Monday after having been arrested Aug. 31. Gino, 43, was being housed in Placerville on $37,500 bail. He was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana for sale, and bribing a public official, according to the El Dorado County Jail.  

His 36-year-old wife was being held in the South Lake Tahoe jail on $25,000 bail. She faces felony charges of possession of marijuana for sale, possession of concentrate cannabis, and conspiracy to commit a crime, according to the El Dorado County Jail. 

Right now in a short news release, the district attorney's office is not saying who that public official is, but News 4 has confirmed the City Manager does not believe it was a staff member and all but one of the City Council members have told News 4 it was not them. 

The other councilmember, Angela Swanson, has not returned multiple messages for comment. 

News 4 has also confirmed that Narcotics Division officers where out at Swanson's house on Jackson Circle about the same time the pot club owner was arrested. 

Swanson was not home when News 4 went by today, but someone answering the door said he didn't think she'd be in a position to comment on all of this. 

Now a check of records shows Swanson was one of the people who voted to allow this place to stay open, but at this point, nothing is officially confirmed with investigators. 

News 4 is told that, on Tuesday, there will be a closed door executive session of the City Council where they plan to discuss these charges.  







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Sandra - 9/4/2012 5:03 AM
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CLOSED DOOR session BUT there NOT KEEPing it a secret THAT they arrested these people JUST HOW and WHY? WAS this because they had a legal or illegal collective and the federal law enforcement arrested them? OR are they selling without a dispensary license? ALL the laws around marijuana are VERY confusing to say the lest I thought it was in most states legal???????? BUT anyways this meeting should be public means they made everything else public!
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