Sheriff's Deputies End Gang Drug Operation
Guns, drugs recovered in the operation.
Multiple Sheriff's Department Resources Utilized During Probation Operation - Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) North County Crime Impact Team, assisted by deputies from the Countywide COPS Team assigned to the Santa Clarita Valley, conducted a probation compliance operation in Newhall Wednesday.
Deputies converged on a location in the 24000 block of Race Street, Newhall. The location has been the topic in the past of several community complaints regarding late night drinking and possible drug transactions. The deputies found the location was surrounded by chain link fence with padlocked gates and had three large Pit Bull dogs in the yard. They saw a suspect, identified as a parolee at large, run from a rear structure toward the back fence. When the suspect realized deputies had the location surrounded, he ran into the main house.
Deputies made entry into the yard and the location where they detained three individuals and found three children living in unsafe, unhealthy, and unsanitary conditions. Through further investigation, the deputies determined at least two of the residents, MH/25 and MH/26, were suspected gang members. They also discovered other suspected gang members were apparently living in the main house and rear storage structure on the property, but were not there at the time of the operation. A third suspect, FH/25, who is also a suspected gang member, arrived at the location a short time later and was also detained and later arrested.
During a search, deputies reportedly recovered 16 baggies containing rock cocaine, a .25 caliber semi automatic pistol, equipment commonly used in the sales of narcotics, various items covered with gang graffiti, ammunition, bottles of stolen Lidocaine, and drug paraphernalia inside the rear structure. A scent dog from the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau responded and found a loaded sawed-off shotgun and a loaded revolver also in the rear dwelling. Deputies also reportedly found 45 bags of methamphetamine on the roof of the structure.
Inside the main structure deputies reportedly found gang related pictures and materials, nearly $2,000 in United States Currency, and two knives. A narcotics canine from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Narcotics Bureau was also brought in and found marijuana in one of the bedrooms.
Three suspects were arrested and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station. The first suspect, MH/25, of Newhall faces potential felony charges of Possession of Narcotics with a Firearm, Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales (cocaine), Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales (methamphetamine), Possession of a Short Barreled Shotgun, Possession of a Firearm by a Criminal Street Gang Member, Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, and Gang Enhancements. He is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and is due in court tomorrow.
The second suspect, FH/25, of Newhall faces potential felony charges of Maintaining a Place for Trafficking in Controlled Substances, and Providing a Place for Distribution of a Controlled Substance. She also faces potential misdemeanor charges of Petty Theft and Child Endangerment. She is being held in lieu of $30,000 bail and is due in court tomorrow.
The third suspect, MH/26, was a parolee at large. He was arrested on a felony Parole Violation and is being held without bail at Men's Central Jail, Los Angeles, pending future proceedings.
The suspects’ names have not yet been released pending additional investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Narcotics Bureau.
The Department of Children and Family Service's (DCFS) Multi-Agency Response Team (MART) responded to the location and took the three children, ages 3, 10, and 12, into protective custody. The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control responded and took custody of the three Pit Bull dogs. The City of Santa Clarita Code Enforcement responded to assess the housing conditions.