Four suspected drug dealers were arrested Wednesday in two separate cases and more than 17 pounds of marijuana and other drugs, stolen property and cash were confiscated.
The first operation occurred early Wednesday morning during a compliance check of a drug probationer at a residence in the 23000 block of Santa Clarita Road in Saugus.
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A team of deputies and detectives converged on the location before 7 a.m. and detained Gilbert Pedraza, 28, who was living in the garage. During the subsequent probation search, deputies recovered nearly 6 pounds of marijuana, 300 grams of hashish, and nearly 50 hydrocodone pills that appeared to be possessed for sales and destined for Santa Clarita streets. Deputies also recovered more than $1,000 in cash and several iPods that they believe may be stolen.
Pedraza, who was already on probation for cultivating marijuana, was arrested. He was transported to and booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station on suspicion of felony possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana for sales, possession of concentrated cannabis, and reasonable cause receiving stolen property. He is being held without bail for potentially violating his probation.
The second case occurred just hours later when deputies assigned to the Juvenile Intervention Team (J-Team) working directly with Santa Clarita patrol deputies conducted a traffic stop of two vehicles in the 25100 block of The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch.
What they intercepted and dismantled was a substantial drug operation. Three suspects in the two different cars were arrested, apparently moments after making a drug deal behind a local business in the area. J-Team deputies recovered 11 pounds of packaged marijuana from the trunk of one of the vehicles. Deputies estimate the street value of the illegal drugs at more than $30,000. They also recovered an ounce of hashish and nearly $4,000 cash. Deputies seized one vehicle that was apparently used to transport the marijuana from Northern California to Santa Clarita.
The arrest was followed by execution of a search warrant at the residence of one of the suspects in the 18700 block of Vista Del Canon, Newhall. At the location they recovered additional cash, marijuana, and hallucinogenic Psilocybin mushrooms.
All three suspects were booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. Suspects Michael Miller, 27, and Ryan Check, 26, of Santa Rosa face potential felony charges of transportation of marijuana, and possession of marijuana for sale. They each later posted $30,000 bond and were released pending future court proceedings.
The third suspect, Brett Brodie, 26, of Newhall faces felony charges of possession of concentrated cannabis. He posted $10,000 bond and later was released pending future court proceedings.