Two people in California's San Diego County were arrested after allegedly committing over 30 burglaries targeting stores, offices and other commercial venues in the area. The two 34-year-old men are being held on allegations that they were involved with burglaries and drug offenses. According to San Diego County Sheriff's Department spokespeople, over $130,000 was taken in the various burglaries.
Staff for a Goleta, California location of a major hotel chain found a hallucinogenic drug lab in the boiler room of the premises according to authorities. Staff alerted the police when they notice suspicious chemicals. The fire department was sent in to make sure the drug lab was not flammable. Guests staying near the boiler room were moved to different rooms, but the hotel was not evacuated because officials saw no immediate threat.
On Jan. 3, a California judge sentenced a man to two years in state prison for selling drugs out of his home in Temecula. The 31-year-old defendant had pleaded guilty to multiple drug charges in December.
A California rapper is facing drug charges in Georgia after being arrested by police while visiting Atlanta for a performance. The performer, known as Ty Dolla $ign, is facing felony charges for cocaine and THC possession as well as misdemeanor possession of less than an ounce of cannabis. If convicted on all charges, the rapper could serve up to 15 years in prison. He was indicted in December 2018 despite being released without charges at the time of his initial arrest.
California music fans may be interested to learn that Ty Dolla $ign has been indicted on drug charges in Georgia. The singer-rapper, who was born Tyrone William Griffin Jr., is facing charges of felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of THC. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Many police departments in California and around the country use roadside drug testing kits to determine whether or not items discovered by officers during stops or searches are illegal narcotics. These portable drug testing kits are inexpensive and easy to use, but they have been known to mistake benign substances like sugar and baking powder for methamphetamine or cocaine.
Two people from San Diego have been released on their own recognizance after being arrested in the Midwest for possession of methamphetamine. Post-arrest interviews documented in federal court filings with the woman, 58, and the man, 47, indicate that they knew they were transporting methamphetamine from California. The man allegedly said he knew that the drugs were in the vehicle because he and the woman used some during their cross-country drive. According to court records, the woman said she was delivering the drugs to someone in St. Paul.
On Sept. 27, California authorities arrested a man on drug charges at Cher's home in Malibu. However, the pop icon and actress is currently on tour in Australia.
Assembly Bill 1793 passed the California state legislature and was signed into law by the governor on Sept. 30. The law is designed to make it easier for people who were convicted of cannabis-related crimes in the past to clean up their records. People who have past marijuana convictions will have the opportunity under the new law to have their sentences reduced or their criminal records expunged.
A multi-agency investigation into gang activities and drug trafficking led to a series of early-morning raids on Sept. 20 and the arrest of 20 individuals according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California. Authorities say that a further six individuals named in federal complaints remain at large. The investigation into the Mexican Mafia prison gang and street gangs operating in the San Diego area involved hundreds of law enforcement officers and federal agents from agencies including the San Diego, Chula Vista, National City, El Cajon and La Mesa Police Departments, the San Diego County Sheriff's Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.