Police Blotter: Gang Task Force Makes Drug Bust

The following arrest information was provided by the Watsonville Police Department, the Sheriff's Office and the county Gang Task Force. It does not indicate a conviction.

A two-month probe into drug dealing in Watsonville wrapped up Thursday afternoon when the county's Gang Task Force raided a mobile home in a Green Valley Road trailer park and arrested three people, task force Cmdr. Mario Sulay reported.

Antonio Rocha, 30, and Juan Rocha, 38, who are not related, were detained outside of Antonio's mobile home at 501 S. Green Valley Rd. when authorities served the search warrant there around 1:45 p.m.

The search netted several methadone pills—an opiate used to treat heroin addiction—and 1.3 grams of heroin packaged to sell, according to Sulay.

Antonio Rocha was arrested on suspicion of possessing heroin for sale, possessing narcotics without a prescription and gang participation. Juan Rocha had a warrant for not appearing in court on a weapons charge. The men were both booked into County Jail.

Marilu Herrera, 36, was arrested after she had attempted to contact Antonio to buy heroin, Sulay said. She got a ticket.

Watsonville Police Log, Friday, Jan. 27

12:01 a.m.—A 43-year-old man was arrested for public intoxication on the 100 block of Main Street.

12:18 a.m.—A 39-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman were arrested for drug possession on Menker and Second streets.

Thursday, Jan. 26

12:39 a.m.—A jaywalker was stopped crossing Main Street illegally at the City Plaza. He had marijuana and crystal methamphetamine in his pocket, and was taken to jail.

8:11 a.m.—A vandal smashed a window on an SEIU van parked on the first floor of the Beach Street parking garage.

9:15 a.m.—Officers investigated a vehicle theft on the 500 block of South Green Valley Road.

10:15 p.m.—A woman on probation was caught with drugs at Motel 6 on the 100 block of Silver Leaf Drive. She also had a fake gun and was taken to jail.

Wednesday, Jan. 25

9:10 a.m.—Officers investigated a vehicle theft on the 100 block of Crescent Drive.

10 a.m.—Two teenage girls fought in a classroom at Watsonville Community School. Both got tickets for fighting.

3:25 p.m.—Two men, ages 30 and 27, stole items from the Home Depot in Salinas, then returned them for credit at Watsonville's Home Depot. They then selected new items, altered the prices and used the credit they had received to pay for the new purchases. They were arrested for possessing stolen property, burglary and conspiracy.

11:45 p.m.—A 27-year-old man was arrested for DUI, resisting arrest and a probation violation on the 100 block of Grant Street.

Sheriff's Office Log, Wednesday, Jan. 25

5:40 p.m.—A man with a misdemeanor warrant was pulled over on Green Valley and Minto roads for having expired registration. He was arrested.

8:59 p.m.—A teeanger did a "beer skip" at the Quick Stop on East Lake Avenue and Holohan Road. He stole two 18-packs of Budweiser beer.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

10:45 a.m.—A work release worker at the Animal Shelter on Airport Boulevard was caught with cocaine, a violation of his court probation.

Monday, Jan. 23

3 p.m.—A car was broken into on the 1600 block fo Lower Highland Way in Corralitos and several items were stolen.


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