Tahoe man admits drug sales

Jiovani J. Covarrubias

Jiovani J. Covarrubias

A Zephyr Cove man faces 14 years in prison on multiple counts of possession of a controlled substance and intent to sell.

Jiovani J. Covarrubias, 22, was arrested March 23 on a warrant for assault with a deadly weapon.

According to documents, Eldorado County Sheriffs made contact with Covarrubias at McFaul Way in Zephyr Cove and contacted Douglas County Sheriffs Office regarding the warrant. It was revealed that Covarrubias was on probation and subject to search and seizure and further records advised that he has a misdemeanor offense and a warrant for failure to appear in the Tahoe Township Justice Court.

Upon arrival DCSO and EDSO entered the apartment to place Covarrubias under arrest.

A black backpack was located containing three separate clear Ziplock bags filled with illegal controlled substances and drug paraphernalia, which Covarrubias admitted was his.

Sentencing is set for July 17.

• A man faces up to four years in prison for possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia.

Adam Roy Hetzler, 40, was arrested April 15 after it was reported that two subjects were severely intoxicated leaving Chicago Mike’s Pizza in Minden. The vehicle was located heading north on 395 and a traffic stop was conducted near Airport Road and the drugs and paraphernalia were located. Both subjects were taken into custody.

Sentencing for Hetzler is set for July 17.

• An expired vehicle registration violation may cost a man up to five years in prison after a revolver, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were located in his vehicle.

Michael Bruce Adams was arrested April 23 during a traffic stop on highway 395 and Buckeye Road.

A K-9 sniff of the vehicle located multiple clear glass pipes with brown burnt residue, clear baggies with white residue, a blue container with a light brown crystalline substance and multiple .38 rounds and a loaded Taura revolver.

Adams is a convicted felon for possession of controlled substance out of Yerington.

Sentencing is set for July 24.

• A 67-year-old South Lake Tahoe man who took up hard drugs in his retirement received mandatory probation on Tuesday.

Paul Joseph O’Brien allegedly purchased the drugs to celebrate his birthday with cocaine, ketamine and methamphetamine.

“I had more money in my pocket than sense in my head,” O’Brien said of his Dec. 29, 2022, arrest.

O’Brien admitted to a charge of possession of a controlled substance in April.

He received an underlying sentence of 12-30 months with two days counted as time served.


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