Yolo County Sheriff’s Sgt. Lance Faille said someone found the bag on the casino floor and turned it over to the facility’s lost and found unit shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday. About 15 minutes later, George Bowers contacted the casino’s security staff to report his bag missing.
Bowers told authorities he had left it at a slot machine, Faille said.
By then, security guards had looked inside the bag to try to find information that would help them identify and find its owner. Instead, they found a bundle of white crystalline substance and suspected it to be narcotics. A preliminary test determined the substance to be methamphetamine, but investigators are awaiting the final analysis from the California Department of Justice, Faille said.
When Bowers contacted the casino’s security staff, he described the bag that had been turned over to sheriff’s deputies.
Officials said Bowers told them that he bought the suspected narcotics earlier in the week and gave some to his friend, 51-year-old Jinny Dixon of San Jose, who had accompanied Bowers to the casino. Deputies found five bags of crystalline substance inside Dixon’s bag.
The suspected methamphetamine that Dixon and Bowers were allegedly carrying weighed 13 grams and had a value of about $600, authorities said.
Dixon and Bowers were arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for sale and transportation of a controlled substance. They were both booked in the Yolo County Main Jail, officials said.