>Santa Cruz may soon require hotels to verify identity of guests

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>SANTA CRUZ — Police coping with an influx of criminals selling drugs and sex in motel rooms have turned to city leaders for help.

The City Council on Tuesday will consider a law requiring hotel and motel operators to verify the identity of guests, to help police track down those committing crimes in the city.

“They literally come in Thursday through Sunday to conduct prostitution, drug sales and other illicit activities and then leave,” said Deputy Chief Rick Martinez of the Santa Cruz Police Department. “We obviously welcome the ordinance; it will empower our officers to take action when we do get complaints.”

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