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Teens arrested for dealing hallucinogenic, psychedelic drugs

Two high school students in Napa were arrested Thursday on suspicion of selling hallucinogenic and psychedelic drugs following a month-long undercover investigation, police said.

The Napa Special Investigations Bureau (NSIB) determined that the two teens had sold both LSD, commonly known as acid, and MDMA, which is commonly known as molly or ecstasy, in Napa and subsequently arrested them.

The drug LSD, which is short for d-lysergic acid diethylamide, is a potent hallucinogen that has a high potential for abuse, according to the police department. It is a psychoactive drug comparable to the hallucinogen mescaline, police said.

The drug MDMA, which is short for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic.

It is a psychoactive drug comparable to the stimulant amphetamine, according to police.

The investigation began earlier this month when an undercover detective bought LSD-dosed sugar cubes along with capsules of Molly from a high school student at a business on Old Sonoma Road in Napa, according to police.

The detective authored a search warrant for the juvenile, his car and his parents' Napa residence.

On Thursday, a detective negotiated another purchase of acid and molly from the same high school student in the parking lot of a business on Old Sonoma Road.

This time, police arrested the juvenile and served the search warrant at the juvenile's home.

Detectives seized additional evidence related to the sales of acid, police said.

NSIB detectives were able to identify another high school student as the source of that student's drugs.

Detectives then went to the home of the teen's parents and obtained consent to search the property, where they seized acid, uncontaminated sugar cubes, and additional evidence linking the teen to the earlier sales of molly.

Both juveniles were arrested and booked into the Napa County Juvenile Hall for drug sales-related offenses.

Detectives worked with a Napa police school resource officer on this investigation.

Residents with information or complaints related to illicit drug use, sales, cultivation, or manufacturing are encouraged to call NSIB at (707) 253-4458, or report tips anonymously though NSIB's Drug Hotline at

(707) 224-3784 or the CrimeStoppers hotline at (800) 450-9543. Tips can also be anonymously texted to 274637 with "NVCS" at the beginning of the tip.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:54:45 -0700

Knife-wielding bicyclist arrested after threatening CHP sergeant

 

An intoxicated bicyclist wielding a knife on U.S. Highway 101 near Interstate Highway 580 in San Rafael on Friday night was arrested after threatening to kill a CHP sergeant.

At about 11:45 p.m. on Friday, the CHP received a report of a bicyclist riding on southbound Highway 101 near the eastbound I-580 connector ramp.

A CHP sergeant responded to the area and soon located the bicyclist, identified later as 34-year-old San Rafael resident Bryan Loftus.

Loftus was sitting on a concrete wall on the transition ramp between southbound Highway 101 and eastbound I-580, according to the CHP.

The sergeant stepped out of his patrol vehicle and shouted for Loftus to come down off the wall.

Loftus came down from where he was sitting and then walked towards his bicycle, which stood propped against the concrete wall. 

The CHP sergeant attempted to give Loftus further commands, but Loftus suddenly turned toward the sergeant, withdrawing a knife from his pocket. 

Loftus started walking toward the sergeant, who drew his pistol and took cover behind his patrol vehicle, the CHP said. 

Loftus continued to come toward the sergeant, refusing to drop the knife despite the sergeant's requests.

He told the sergeant that he would not drop the knife and that the sergeant would have to kill him.

The sergeant continued to order Loftus to drop the knife and eventually Loftus complied.

The CHP took Loftus into custody without further incident.

Following a medical clearance at Marin General Hospital, CHP booked him into Marin County Jail for felony assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and for public intoxication.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:33:57 -0700

Bay Area prostitution ring shut down

Federal authorities say they've shut down a San Francisco Bay Area prostitution ring that operated dozens of brothels for more than a decade.

The San Jose Mercury News reported Friday (http://bit.ly/1t3je6b ) that the U.S. Attorney's Office has indicted 10 people in connection with the operation that brought women from Asian countries to work as prostitutes. The charges include money laundering, importing people for immoral purposes and the promotion of prostitution.

Authorities say the group ran 40 brothels in places, including San Francisco, Sunnyvale and Fremont, with advertisements on websites, such as MyRedbook, Craigslist and Backpage.

They say the ring started back in 2002, sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to Singapore, Thailand, China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Philippines.

The defendants each face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:30:39 -0700

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