Santa Monica Police Seize 29 Guns, Cocaine, Meth and Heroin

The Santa Monica Police Department have arrested Valarie Cruz, Alejandro Cruz and Pedro Iasais, top to bottom, in a narcotics and weapons raid. Photos: SMPD.

By Staff Writer 

On February 15,  the Santa Monica Police Department’s (SMPD) Narcotics/Vice Unit along with SWAT served multiple search warrants related to a narcotics sales investigation that began in Santa Monica.

During the execution of the search warrant, which involved two residences; one in Lennox and another in Hawthorne, multiple vehicles and persons, detectives recovered a large cache of weapons; 21 handguns and 8 long guns/rifles, over 4000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin. Additionally, a large sum of currency, over $200,000 was recovered.

Due to the evidence recovered and information gathered, detectives arrested three subjects, two males and a female, for their involvement in narcotics distribution and criminal activity. The three subjects were booked at the Santa Monica Police Department Jail.

Pedro Cesar Isais, a 28-year-old male from Los Angeles, was booked for 11351 H&S – Possession of heroin for the purpose of sales; 11378 H&S – Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of sales; 11370.1(a)H&S- Possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm; and 273A(b) PC – Child endangerment.

Valarie Marie Cruz, a 30-year-old female from Inglewood CA, was booked for 11351 H&S – Possession of heroin for the purpose of sales; 11378 H&S – Possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of sales; 11370.1(a)H&S- Possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm; and 273A(b) PC – Child endangerment.

Alejandro Cruz, a 25-year-old male from Los Angeles was booked for 11351 H&S – Possession of heroin for the purpose of sales.

Detectives will be presenting the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration. Anyone with information related to narcotic activity in the City of Santa Monica is encouraged to call the anonymous Narcotics Tip Line at (310) 458-2292, or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.