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UPDATED: Three alleged heroin dealers arrested in Valencia

Narcotics Unit seizes paraphernalia in second-story of Valencia apartment complex

Posted: August 23, 2011 8:56 p.m.
Updated: August 23, 2011 8:56 p.m.

Three people were arrested on charges related to heroin dealing and drug paraphernalia was seized during a raid at a Valencia apartment complex, investigators said Tuesday.

“We arrested three people on charges of possession of heroin for sale,” a sergeant who heads the Narcotics Unit of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station said Tuesday.

Deputies with the Narcotics Unit squad executed a search warrant for a second-story unit on Hogan Drive, near Tournament Road, about 5 p.m. Monday, Sgt. Gregg Lewisson said.

Officials reports included the discovery of an undisclosed amount of heroin, scales and pipes at the apartment.

No shots were fired, and no one was hurt in the operation.

Three young adults were arrested in the raid, accused of dealing heroin out of the upstairs unit in an apartment and townhouse complex between California Institute of the Arts and the Vista Valencia Golf Course.

Two of the suspects, a 21-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man, were charged with possessing heroin for the purpose of selling it.

The third suspect, an 18-year-old woman, was charged with maintaining a place to sell heroin.
All three live in the second-floor apartment raided on Hogan Drive, according to booking records of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A mother who lives in the same apartment complex said she witnessed Monday’s raid.

“I came home to a sheriff parked in my spot,” she said. “It wasn’t the SWAT team; it was narco guys, and they all jumped out of these vans,” said the woman, who asked not be identified.

On Tuesday afternoon, the woman and her daughter arrived at the SCV Sheriff’s Station with a fruit basket for Narcotics Unit deputies to show their appreciation for Monday’s raid.

“We knew we had a lot of traffic going up and down, up and down, up and down. I mean, it was bad,” she said.

She said she had called to complain about the extensive traffic in and out of the apartment involving people arriving in “high-end cars.”

“I didn’t know it was heroin until the sheriff told me. I thought it was meth or something,” she said.

Bail conditions
Valerie De Palma, 18, was charged with maintaining a place to sell a controlled substance.

Blake Edwin Dixon, 20, and Sara Marie Desposito, 21, were charged with possessing a controlled substance for sale. Bail was set at $30,000 for Desposito. No bail was set for Dixon.

All three were described in booking-sheet information as living at the same address on Hogan Drive.

Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Becker has identified heroin as a rising problem in the Santa Clarita Valley among young people in their late teens and early 20s.

His station made 108 heroin-related arrests from Aug. 15, 2010, to Aug. 15, 2011, in the Santa Clarita Valley, and nine people have died of drug-overdose-related deaths locally since February 2010, he said earlier this month.


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