Meth, cocaine, cash seized in two-day sting
The day after the Santa Cruz County Anti Crime Team arrested two men for allegedly selling drugs, officers discovered a second cache of drugs and money worth about $200,000.
Tuesday, officers arrested Jose Luis Herrera, 41, of Santa Cruz on the 2000 block of North Pacific Avenue. The arrest was the result of a two-week investigation into a street level drug operation, according to Watsonville police Sgt. Eric Montalbo, a member of the Anti Crime Team.
Wednesday, agents in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations and the Santa Cruz Police Department served a search warrant at Herrera's place of employment, Montalbo said. With the cooperation of Herrera's employer, the Anti Crime Team searched a storage cabinet that Herrera was using at his job. Inside they found more than 4 pounds of cocaine, more than an ounce of crystal methamphetamine, cutting agents, two scales and more than $10,000. Montalbo declined to identify the business.
Montalbo said agents also identified another suspect they believed was involved in what they called a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and methamphetamine in Santa Cruz.
Eugenio Doroteo, 32, was arrested while posing as a day laborer in front of a store on the 200 block of River Street in Santa Cruz. Doroteo was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on two counts of selling a controlled substance
The total estimated street value of the cocaine and methamphetamine seized is more than $216,000.
Herrera was booked into Santa Cruz County Jail on Tuesday on three counts of sales of a controlled substance. He's being held on $25,000 bail.
Agents discovered 51 bindles of cocaine and meth, 159 grams of cocaine and 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine during Tuesday's arrest in his vehicle and residence on the 300 block of Gault Street.
Man found shot near the Capitola Wharf
A Santa Cruz man, shot in the leg, was discovered in a parking lot on the 5000 block of Cliff Drive overlooking the Capitola Wharf on Wednesday night.
Police were called to the scene about 6:10 p.m. after paramedics discovered the man had been shot. The initial call was for a man who had a broken leg, but Sgt. Marquis Booth said the victim in his mid-20s was suffering from a nonlife-threatening gunshot wound to the leg.
The man was transported by air ambulance to a trauma center over the hill.
The victim and another man in the car, who was not injured, were uncooperative, Booth said. Police are unsure if he was shot at the scene or somewhere else.
Capitola police closed Cliff Drive from Wharf Road to 47th Avenue for about an hour while they investigated the scene. The road was reopened about 7:15 p.m. but officers remained at the car where the man was found.
Car hit in shooting on Rodriguez Street
Shots were fired at a woman's car Wednesday afternoon while she was inside a business on the 200 block of Rodriguez Street, Watsonville police said.
Officers were dispatched to the area around 1:45 p.m. for reports of shots fired. They didn't find any victims but did find a beige Suburban-type vehicle with a bullet hole in one tire.
Sgt. Tony Magdayao said investigators believe there was an altercation between two groups of people.
Witnesses reported seeing a Latino male in his 20s with a handgun firing at the other group. He was wearing a white T-shirt and shorts, and was using a black semi-automatic handgun.
Another man involved in the incident was described as a Latino aged 18-20, wearing a tan shirt and shorts. All subjects fled the area. It was not immediately known how many people were involved.
No shooting victims had been located as of late Wednesday afternoon, Magdayao said.
Magdayao said the owner of the car was an innocent bystander.
Watsonville police are seeking help from anyone who may have seen or heard anything regarding the incident. They ask anyone with information to contact the investigations bureau at 831-768-3350 or call the tipline at 831-768-3544.
Woman sentenced for pepper spraying
A 31-year-old woman who pepper sprayed a mother and child in 2010 was placed on three years of probation and given credit for jail time served.
Samantha Rose Randazzo told Santa Cruz County Judge Ariadne Symons on Wednesday that she was sorry for what she had done and accepts responsibility.
Randazzo sprayed the mother and child on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz in December 2010. Police said at the time that the pair were petting a horse and Randazzo began yelling at the child. When the mother intervened, Randazzo sprayed them. Witnesses took the spray away from her, with assistance from Verizon store employees.
Randazzo, who at the time of the incident lived in Boulder Creek, said she will be going to live with her mother in Tahoe. Symons said that she must obey all of her mother's rules while under her roof.
Randazzo told Symons she is on new medications that have her feeling far better and that she is willing to comply with all of the terms of her probation, including continuing to cooperate with mental health services in Santa Cruz County and El Dorado County.
Randazzo thanked Symons for releasing her from custody and promised to stay out of trouble.