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Law enforcement: Man arrested with heroin, hand gun on Valencia street

Posted: July 7, 2014 1:45 p.m.
Updated: July 7, 2014 1:45 p.m.

A man was arrested on suspicion of possessing both heroin and a loaded handgun inside a vehicle parked on a residential street in Valencia, a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy said Monday.

Deputies made the arrest around 10:30 a.m. Sunday after a neighbor called to report suspicious activity, Deputy Josh Dubin said.

Taken into custody was Allen Glenn Wheeler, who lives in Valencia less than a mile from where he was arrested at Las Positas near Alta Vista Avenue, Dubin said. His occupation is listed as engineer.

Wheeler was arrested about 1,000 feet west of Valencia High School, Dubin said.

“The man was there for a couple of hours behaving suspiciously,” he said. “A random citizen called us” regarding his activities.

The responding deputy spotted a blood-stained tissue on the vehicle’s console and detained the occupant on suspicion of drugs, Dubin said.

“Inside the car, the deputy found 14 syringes, a metal spoon, which are considered paraphernalia for drug use,” he said. “(The deputy) also found some heroin and a handgun under the passenger seat.”

The seized firearm was described as a fully loaded .45-caliber handgun.

Wheeler was booked on the felony charge 11370.1(a) of the state’s health and safety code, which deals with the simultaneous possession of both a controlled substance and a firearm.

“This all started with a pro-active citizen,” Dubin said. “This is an example of our great partnership between (the Sheriff’s Station) and the residents we serve.”

Wheeler was held on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court Tuesday.
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SReilly12: Posted: July 7, 2014 5:12 p.m.

Good work on the part of the neighbor!!!

chefgirl358: Posted: July 7, 2014 5:38 p.m.

Thank you deps and informant. People like this need to be taken out of our neighborhoods.

ricketzz: Posted: July 8, 2014 10:39 a.m.

chefgirl358 Was he harming you or anyone else? Maybe he was too high to drive. What "suspicious activity" was taking place? Is sitting in a parked car a crime? Who said the cops could search the car? Whose neighborhoods should "people like this" populate?

chefgirl358: Posted: July 8, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Ricketzz, if it looks like a dirtbag, it's probably a dirtbag and in this case, it was definitely a dirtbag! To answer your question, it IS a crime to be in public if you're too inebriated to function and cops don't need permission to search a car if A) there is a complaint / call for service and B) there is contraband in plain sight and/or C) the suspect is clearly under the influence and sitting in said car. People like that shouldn't populate any of our neighborhoods in an ideal world, they should all be taken away. Some creep with a handgun, a dozen hypodermic needles and a bag of heroin sitting next to a school? Seriously? You're defending THAT kind of loser? You need your head checked if you think this is some kind of average Joe who should just get a warning and be told to move along.

And yes, he was harming me and others...creeps like that raise our crime rates. You have to pay for a drug habit like that, and you do that by STEALING and that is usually done by burglarizing people's homes. There is no such thing as a casual heroin user, people who use heroin to that degree, have an expensive habit to feed, a hardcore addict is looking at a $200 a day habit. So yes, people like that are definitely a blight on our community. --edited.

johnnyrock: Posted: July 8, 2014 2:14 p.m.

I wonder if he is friends with the air-soft moron? Another loser.....

SReilly12: Posted: July 8, 2014 2:35 p.m.

chefgirl - Nailed it!!!

Unreal: Posted: July 8, 2014 3:54 p.m.

It sounds like he was shooting up in his car instead of his house. Must have not wanted his family (wife or parents) know about it. Sounds like he has a good job, he just needs a good long rehab.

I hope he gets the help he needs.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 8, 2014 4:50 p.m.


there is no evidence he does or doesn't have a house to live in, or a family to go home to. There is no evidence he has a good job. You can write anything you want to on arrest forms as far as your occupation goes, so the fact that he wrote engineer doesn't mean the guy works for NASA, he could be in charge of sweeping up trash at Walmart for all we know.

In any case, I hope he gets straightened out too. Druggies aren't good for themselves or anyone else.

Unreal: Posted: July 9, 2014 12:04 p.m.

The story says he lives in Valencia less than a mile from where he was parked. Most people (stupidly) tell the truth about where they work.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 9, 2014 2:08 p.m.


You are missing my point. The fact that he says engineer, does NOT mean he is an actual engineer as we would think of an educated person who works at a high level job. Nowadays people make up titles for themselves that are very superficial. A manicurist is a nail technician, a mechanic is an auto repair specialist, gardeners are landscape managers. Nowadays, people say they are analysts, consultants, facilitators, coordinators, representatives, associates, etc., when they really have a job sweeping floors at Walmart is what I am getting at. check out but spell out bs. It's pretty funny.

Sure, he might work at JPL, but I wouldn't bank on it.

CaptGene: Posted: July 9, 2014 7:31 p.m.

chefgirl358: "You need your head checked..."

Pretty sure they've tried that...didn't help!

ricketzz: Posted: July 10, 2014 9:18 a.m.

You can get strung out on smack for way less than $200 a day. The man's car should be a sanctuary. He should be able to sleep it off without being hassled. There are worse crimes taking place.

johnnyrock: Posted: July 10, 2014 11:46 a.m.

He should just not do drugs...........

Unreal: Posted: July 10, 2014 12:54 p.m.

If he lives less than a mile away as the story states I infer from that he has a reason for not shooting up at home. That usually is a family member who does not like that he is doing drugs.

Unreal: Posted: July 10, 2014 12:58 p.m.

Heroin is really cheap now not hundreds a day anymore.

chefgirl358: Posted: July 10, 2014 2:12 p.m.


People build up a huge tolerance very quickly. People with really heavy habits do in fact spend hundreds a day for maintenance doses just to keep from getting really sick.

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