[KHTS] – Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies reported five drug-related arrests in a four-hour span Thursday night into Friday morning, as part of a continued effort to keep Santa Clarita’s residents safe, Sheriff’s Station officials said Friday.
“Capt. (Roosevelt) Johnson has attended briefings on all shifts, many times staying past midnight to interact with deputies working patrol overnight,” said Deputy Josh Dubin of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station. “He’s been looking to continue the low crime rate we’ve had in this community, which is based on a close partnership we’ve had with the residents that we serve.”
Two of the arrests were the direct result of Santa Clarita Valley residents who noticed suspicious behavior and reported it to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station, Dubin added.
The Thursday night arrests took place throughout the city of Santa Clarita. The names were not released because the incidents are part of active investigations by Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives, officials said.
Johnson was named Sheriff’s Station captain in March, and he’s also met with residents to encourage feedback from the community.
Part of his outreach includes Coffee with the Captain, a series of meetings Johnson is holding in each of the crime zones to listen to residents’ concerns and welcome input, Dubin said.
The next Coffee with the Captain will take place Thursday morning at the Old Town Newhall Library.
Canyon Country arrests
Deputies conducted a traffic stop near Nathan Hill Avenue and Charmaine Way in Canyon Country around 9:10 p.m., according to Sheriff’s Station arrest reports.
A 22-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man were pulled over after running a stop sign, the report stated.
As deputies approached the vehicle, they noticed “furtive” movements and when they questioned the driver, they discovered she did not have a driver’s license. A subsequent search yielded methamphetamine in a glass pipe in the driver’s purse; methamphetamine was also found in a straw sealed on both ends, which was hidden in one of the car’s air conditioning vents.
Both the driver and the passenger were arrested for methamphetamine possession.
Less than two hours later, a deputy driving east on Walnut spotted a 28-year-old man slumped over in an alley near Spruce, and pulled over to check on the condition of the man.
As deputies entered the alley, the man quickly shoved a white glass pipe into his pocket, which one of the the deputies noticed.
After asking the man in Spanish what he put in his pocket, the man responded, in Spanish, a methamphetamine pipe.
A further search of the suspect yielded a bag of drugs hidden on his person.
Deputies arrested the man near the 24700 block of Walnut Street for possessing methamphetamine.
A Santa Clarita resident reported suspicious activity to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies late Thursday night on the 25400 block of Via Escovar in Valencia.
An informant reported to deputies a man who appeared to be passed out in a car that had its engine running for more than an hour in a residential area.
The suspect appeared to be asleep when deputies contacted him, according to a Sheriff’s Station report.
The suspect consented to a search of his vehicle, which yielded a package of 14 oxycodone pills on his person.
The man was unable to produce a prescription, so deputies arrested him for possession of a controlled substance.
Canyon Country arrest
Deputies also arrested a 22-year-old man at Todd Longshore Park in Canyon Country on Friday morning, shortly after midnight, according to Sheriff’s Station records.
The deputy was on patrol when he allegedly spotted a man using “paint markers” to vandalize a gate leading to trash storage in the park, according to a Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station deputy.
A search of the suspect yielded a bag of heroin, and the suspect also was booked for drug possession.