Santa Monica Police Come Across Drug Deal In Progress, Make Arrests

Alert Police Blotter: Sleight Of Hand.

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012, 2:10:00 AM

Tim Broughton

A 42-year-old Santa Monica woman was arrested on Saturday, Oct. 6 after officers patrolling the 1900 block of Alley 13 came across a drug deal in progress.

At 7 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were driving around Santa Monica when they noticed a Mercedes that was facing southbound in the alley.

They observed a man who was standing next to the front driver’s door of this vehicle.

They also noticed that this man, whom they recognized as a local gang member, was talking with the driver, a woman, whom they also recognized as being someone who had been arrested previously.

The officers then watched as a hand-to-hand transaction took place between these two, arousing suspicions in the trained minds of the officers that this transaction was quite possibly some kind of narcotics purchase.

The officers sprang into action and made contact with this gang member and the woman. The officers then called for back up, requesting that a K-9 unit be part of the responding team.

The back up arrived soon afterwards and the K-9 unit conducted a search of the vehicle, utilizing the highly evolved and specifically trained sense of smell that the dog half of the K-9 unit possessed.

The dog half of the K-9 unit soon located a syringe loaded with heroin (also known as smack, tar, chiba, junk, brown sugar, junk, skag, mud, dragon, white, china white, white nurse, white lady, white horse, white girl, white boy and white stuff amongst other things), as well as an unmarked prescription bottle that contained several pills.

The officers decided to arrest the driver of the vehicle, a Santa Monica resident, and she was charged with possession of a controlled substance, sale and transportation of a controlled substance, possession of narcotics paraphernalia, and driving on a suspended license.

Bail was set at $30,000.

Editor's Note: These reports are part of a regular police coverage series entitled "Alert Police Blotter" (APB), which injects some minor editorial into certain police activities in Santa Monica. Not all of the Mirror's coverage of incidents involving police are portrayed in this manner. More serious crimes and police-related activities are regularly reported without editorial in the pages of the Santa Monica Mirror and its website, smmirror.com.

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