Drug activity check in Temecula leads to 5 arrests
A check into possibly drug activity at a Temecula apartment Thursday night resulted in the arrest of five people for a variety of offenses including identity theft, official said.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies arrested Frankie Kerley-Baird, 55, of Temecula, Randy Lozano, 40, of Temecula, Roxann Sanchez, 41, of Lake Elsinore, Marc Passamonte, 51 and Constance Valera, 49, both of San Pedro reportedly for a variety of drug-related offenses. Passamonte and Valera were also booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property.
The Temecula station Special Enforcement Team were investigating reports of drug sales from a complex in the 42200 block of Moraga Road, according to a sheriff’s station press release.
A woman who arrived at the complex in a truck contacted the deputies and told them she was trying to get into the apartment complex, officials said. The woman, later identified as Valera appeared to be under the influence, the statement said, and was detained.
During the investigation, authorities identified three people inside the apartment and soon learned Lozano had an outstanding warrant for his arrest, officials said.
Inside the apartment, investigators reportedly found methamphetamine, heroin, a scale for weighing the illegal drugs and packaging consistent with illegal drug sales.
As deputies were conducting their investigation, investigators went to speak to Varela’s passenger who had been sitting in the truck since the two arrived, after Varela reportedly gave them fake names for herself and her passenger, later identified as Passamonte.
Authorities quickly learned the name given to them for Passamonte matched that of an identity theft victim from the city of Oceanside, according to the release.
Investigators called the identity theft victim who told deputies he was the recent victim of a theft, officials said.
Varela and Passamonte were also found to be in possession of fictitious checks and credit cards in the victim’s name.
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