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2 people arrested in Morro Bay for drugs after selling gift cards, police say

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Posted at 10:27 AM, Jan 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-16 14:48:44-05

A man and woman from Tulare were arrested after police say the pair tried to sell gift cards in Morro Bay.

Officers responded to Cypress Plaza shopping center just after 11 Wednesday morning.

The reporting party said the duo was approaching mostly elderly people in the parking lot and believed it could be fraudulent activity.

Morro Bay police officers stopped the sedan they were in.

The driver, Leo Joshua Alberti was driving with a suspended driver's license for prior convictions of driving under the influence, police say, adding the 38-year-old was in possession of around 15 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The passenger, Tracie Marie Wooster, 26, was also in possession of drug paraphernalia and under the influence of a controlled substance, according to law enforcement. Wooster admitted to trying to sell a gift card that she received legitimately, which was confirmed by officers.

The Morro Bay Police Department is reminding the community to be careful about purchasing gift cards or other items from strangers. The practice of criminals buying gift cards with stolen credit/debit cards and then selling the gift cards for cash has increased over the last few years.

If you see something suspicious, you're asked to call law enforcement.