A flophouse in the Rainbow Glen area off Sierra Highway was cleaned out by deputies executing a search warrant on Thursday, when seven people went to jail and a 10-year old boy was taken into protective custody.
Detectives and deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley’s newly-formed Crime Prevention Unit served a narcotics search warrant on the residence in the 26000 block of Rainbow Glen in Newhall early Thursday morning.
Forced entry had to be made into the location, as a person within the building was attempting to flee the premises.
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During the search investigators recovered a stolen motorcycle, $2,000 worth of irrigation valves stolen the night before, heroin, methamphetamines, a zip gun, a loaded semi-automatic pistol, fraudulent identification, counterfeit currency, and numerous computers containing what appeared to be identity theft and credit card fraud information.
One of the suspects was detained in the garage where he was hiding and evidence of heroin and drug abuse was evident in several areas of the home.
A 10-year old boy was taken into protective custody when both of his parents were arrested in the sweep.
Those arrested include:
- Daniel Harrison, 40, bail set at $20,000
- Darren Lopez, 44, bail set for several charges, total $140,000
- Christopher Schienle, 42, bail set at $20,000
- Kenneth Abbott, 39, bail set at $10,000
- Felicia Padilla, 39, bail set at $20,000
- Matthew Weigel, 31, bail set at $20,000
- Krista Weigel, 33, bail set at $100,000
The suspects face felony charges of grand theft, possession of fraudulent checks, possession of methamphetamines with a loaded firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of heroin, possession of narcotic paraphernalia, receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools.
The Community Interaction Team will be contacting the owner of the property to serve notice that the Sheriff’s Department is initiating the process of abating and potentially seizing the property through civil proceedings. Abatement is a civil process utilized when property owners maintain a public nuisance such as allowing a property to be used to sell narcotics or store stolen property.