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Cops bust 4 on meth, heroin, child endangerment charges

2 kids in protective custody; 3 teens released to parents

Posted: April 8, 2010 11:50 a.m.
Updated: April 8, 2010 11:50 a.m.
 
Four men were arrested on misdemeanor and felony drug charges -- one man also for felony child endangerment -- after Sheriff's deputies armed with a search warrant raided a Canyon Country residence Wednesday.

Two children were taken into protective custody, and another three teens in the residence during the raid were turned over to their parents.

After a month-long investigation, detectives from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station's Burglary and Fraud team served the warrant at a residence in the 19000 block of Bagby Drive. Also participating were detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department's Headquarters Narcotics Bureau, assigned to the SCV Sheriff's Station.

What detectives found next can only be described as disturbing. Deputies report they discovered methamphetamine, heroin, narcotics paraphernalia, used syringes, and a one-year-old child living in deplorable conditions.

Sheriff's investigators also found property that they believed was stolen in residential and vehicle burglaries and was later traded for drugs.

Officials from the city of Santa Clarita Code Enforcement were called in to inspect the dwelling and found a number of violations.

Deputies also called in the Department of Children and Family Services who took the child and a 14-year-old girl into protective custody.

Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control were also called in after deputies found a dying pit bull puppy in one of the rooms.

When the operation concluded, deputies had arrested Kevin Jak, 42, on felony charges of child endangerment and possession of methamphetamine. He also faces misdemeanor charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Jak's son, Jeremy Jak, 21, was arrested on felony charges of possession of heroin. He is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Also arrested at the house were Joshua Graham, 20, of Saugus, and Danielle Killian, 33, of Canyon Country, Graham for felony possession of heroin and Killian for felony possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of narcotic paraphernalia. Each is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail pending future court proceedings.

Three other teens, ages 14, 15 and 16, who were also at the house were turned over to their parents.

All told, more than 15 deputy sheriffs and a narcotics enforcement dog participated in the lengthy operation.

"We will aggressively go after anyone who is committing egregious felony crimes of this magnitude in our community," said Captain Paul Becker of the SCV Sheriff's Station. "If any criminals think they are going to jeopardize the safety of our neighborhoods with this kind of illegal activity and endanger our youth, they have another thing coming! That other thing is called a jail cell."

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