Friday, September 24, 2010

Methamphetamine Bust at Pechanga Casino Shuts Down Parking Structure

Last year a carjacking, this year a suspicious death and now, meth and explosives, who said casinos don't bring crime?

The parking structure at the Pechanga casino in Temecula was closed for several hours as authorities examined a suspicious item that was found in a vehicle, said Lt. Robert Moquin.
Deputies shut down the parking structure at 45000 Pechanga Parkway after receiving a call from Pechanga security officers 3:20 a.m. Thursday, Moquin said in a news release. The parking structure was reopened at 6:15 a.m. after members of the Sheriff’s Department Hazardous Device Team determined the device was a bundle of illegal fireworks, he said.

The incident started when Pechanga security officers contacted two people sitting in a vehicle in the north parking structure of the casino and subsequently located a quantity of methamphetamine with the passenger of the vehicle, Moquin said. A search of the interior of the vehicle by deputies revealed an object that presented the image of a possible destructive device.
Pechanga security officers and deputies cordoned off the parking structure to ensure public safety.
The passenger, 30-year-old Edwin Clausen, was eventually taken into custody on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and violation of Riverside County ordinance 858 regarding the fireworks, Moquin said.

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