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Cops arrest 8 and condemn building in early a.m. drug crime raid

Instead of crack houses, California authorities may be focusing more on closing down meth houses in recent months. The increased law enforcement focus on methamphetamine manufacture and sales seems generally to be a national trend. In San Diego County on a recent weekend Sheriff's deputies raided a property in Lakeside, arrested eight people on various drug crime charges and condemned the real estate.

The condemnation should assure authorities that the property will not be easily used for drug activities in the future. Sheriff's deputies went to a property on Winter Gardens Boulevard at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning fully equipped with a search warrant. Although there were 18 people originally detained, the police ended up arresting seven adults and one juvenile on a variety of charges, most predominantly related to illegal drugs.

The drugs seized consisted of 67 grams of methamphetamine and 11.4 grams of heroin, according to a Sheriff's office spokesman. The spokesman also announced that the San Diego County hazardous materials team ran several tests on a building on the premises. The team concluded that one of the residential structures on the property was uninhabitable due to the buildup of chemical residue from illegal drugs being stored, used and made on the premises.

The result was that the building was condemned, according to the spokesman. The suspects were jailed in the San Diego County jails. Their names were not released because, according to the Sheriff's office, the investigation is continuing and additional charges may be expected. The nature of the usage of the building by the suspects was not revealed. 

It is unclear who owns the property or whether it was being used for residential purposes at the time of the raid. It will be extremely important for each accused individual to consult with an experienced drug crime defense counsel as soon as possible so that self-incriminating statements are minimized. Also early representation helps counsel to firm up any potential defenses under California law and to more easily gather exonerating evidence.

Source: La Mesa-Mount Helix, CA Patch, "East County Raid Nets Drugs And Suspects", Mirna Alfonso, July 27, 2015

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