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South Lake Tahoe man arrested after deputies find meth, counterfeiting material

Ray Brashears (Photo: Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

A South Lake Tahoe man was arrested after deputies found equipment and materials that might have been used for counterfeiting during a traffic stop this week, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Sgt. Bernadette Smith said in a statement that deputies stopped Ray Brashears, 33, on Tuesday, Sept. 19, learning he had an active misdemeanor warrant for theft out of Tahoe Township. He was also on probation in Nevada.

Deputies used a K-9, which alerted them to methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from outside the car. They found five used hypodermic needles and 0.4 grams of methamphetamine, according to Smith.

During a search of the car, deputies found a wallet with a Medicaid card, military ID, social security card and a Nevada driver's license not belong to Brashears.

They also found three cell phones, blank checks, and equipment and materials that might have been used in counterfeiting documents and IDs, Smith said.

Brashears was arrested on the warrant, and he now faces charges of obtaining/using personal identifying information of another person to harm or impersonate them, possession of a financial forgery laboratory, forgery and possession of a hypodermic needle.

His bail has been set at more than $210,000, and he is awaiting a Nevada Parole and Probation hold.

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