The tactics employed by police officers and federal agents during a recent series of drug and gun raids in California have been harshly criticized by some members of the communities involved. One Tracy resident told reporters that his home had been ransacked and his 9-year-old son left shaken after a SWAT team surrounded his home with weapons drawn on March 26. Reports indicate that police had arrived at the residence to execute the arrest warrant of a 26-year-old man alleged to be involved in drug and illegal weapons sales.
A routine traffic stop on the afternoon of March 23 led to the discovery of a significant amount of drugs and a handgun according to a report from the Long Beach Police Department. A 30-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman have been taken into custody in connection with the seized narcotics. Media reports indicate that they are being held in Los Angeles County detention facilities, and their bail has been set at $1 million.
California readers may be interested to learn that San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon recently announced that over 9,300 marijuana-related convictions in San Francisco County have been expunged. The affected convictions date back as far as 1975.
A University of California at Santa Cruz freshman has been indicted on multiple counts of drug possession with the intent to distribute. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California say that the 18-year-old man created a smartphone application that his fellow students could use to order drugs including marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The man was indicted on Feb. 14 and released from custody on Feb. 19. If he is found guilty on all charges, he could spend decades in prison and be fined millions of dollars.
California residents may be interested in knowing that Tech billionaire and founder of Broadcom Corp, Henry Nicholas, was formally charged with drug trafficking after his arrest over the summer at the Wynn Resort in Las Vegas. Nicholas was detained in a hotel room at the Encore with his girlfriend, who is the ex-wife of the heir to the Wells Fargo fortune.
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.