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Posted: Thursday, September 26, 2019 9:00 am

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, at approximately 9 a.m., deputies from the Twin Peaks Sheriff’s Multiple Enforcement Team (MET) served a search warrant in the 500 block of Acacia Drive in Crestline. During the service of the search warrant, deputies recovered a substantial amount of crystal methamphetamine, black tar heroin, a large amount of drug paraphernalia and a stun gun. Seven suspects were contacted at the residence who were identified and arrested for a variety of narcotic related offenses. These offenses included the illegal possession of narcotics, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a drug house.

During the investigation the owner of the residence was interviewed and was subsequently arrested for violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11366, maintaining a place for the use and/or distribution of narcotics. All seven suspects were later booked at West Valley Detention Center on their charges.

The next day the property owner returned to the property later that day to change the locks. At approximately 9:35 p.m., however, officers responded to a neighbor’s complaint that there were unknown subjects walking around inside the residence with flashlights. When officers arrived on the scene to do a security check they found that the door had been forced open and the newly installed latch had been pried off. Deputies contacted the unknown suspects who said that they had been living there and had returned to gather their things. Deputies allowed the suspects to gather their things and leave. They then discovered booking paperwork for two of the subjects arrested the morning before was found inside the residence. It was unknown at the time if anything else was damaged or stolen.

In a follow-up interview with the Mountain News, Sgt. Mike Brandt, who was at the scene on the day of the search warrant, explained that the seven suspects who were arrested had been unlawfully residing at the residence in “sort of a squatter-type situation.”

“Renters need to know their residents,” Brandt said. “Especially if you’re renting on sites like Airbnb, where you have a lot of cars coming and going on a daily or weekly basis.”

Brandt suggests second homeowners and renters keep in touch with the neighbors who live in the surrounding houses so that those who live full-time in the neighborhood can know who should be living in any house that’s left empty for a long period of time. This is especially true for renters who live near liquor stores, fast food restaurants or grocery stores.

“They have to stay close to where they can get whatever they can get because a lot of them don’t have cars,” Brandt said. “What you really need is to know your renters. A lot of times you get someone renting who moves in a girlfriend, and then soon after, more people start to come and stay. And then the first guy gets busted and pretty soon you have a situation like this where nobody living there is on the lease,” Brandt added. “If everyone talked, we’d know who’s supposed to be there.”

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