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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Anonymous said...

Are you really suggesting that these crimes were caused because of the casino? These crimes are committed anywhere and everywhere.

stand your ground said...

How do we know? Does anyone tell the truth in that Tribe?

Anonymous said...

I think the article suggests there was a meth bust at the casino, not that the casino caused the meth bust.

It just highlights the crime at the casino.

Anonymous said...

The bust didn't shut down the parking structure- law enforcement did. Law enforcement closed it off because the druggies happened to have a bundle of illegal fireworks. Busts happen every day, and the casino is one of the safest places because their security proactively looks for bad stuff so the baddies can be hauled off. They can't help it if the bad guys are stupid enough to do their junk where there are thousands of cameras.