LANCASTER – Gang Detectives from the Sheriff’s Department Operation Safe Streets unit, along with deputies from the Lancaster Station Burglary Suppression Team Thursday morning continued their investigation into employees from the Trading Post Pawn Shop receiving stolen property and trading narcotics for stolen property.
During follow up investigation, detectives learned that Randel Sagraves of Lancaster, who is the primary focus of the investigation, and who was arrested last week during an early morning raid at his home and at the pawn shop, had a storage unit at a local storage facility in Lancaster.
Detectives obtained a search warrant for the locker believing that additional stolen property and narcotics may be at the location.
Detectives Thursday morning, upon serving the warrant around 11:45 a.m., discovered numerous items of additional property they believed to be stolen, and a large amount of narcotics and cash.
Recovered from the storage locker were approximately 10 pounds of high grade marijuana, approximately one half pound of methamphetamine and an ounce of heroin. Several thousand dollars in cash was also recovered.
The street sales value of the narcotics seized is estimated at approximately $100,000.00.
Randel Sagraves who had been released from custody last week on bail was located at the pawn shop after the drugs and property were recovered, and arrested again.
Sagraves, 53, is facing additional charges of receiving stolen property, and several charges of possession of narcotics for sale. He is being held at the Lancaster Station jail pending arraignment in court.
(Information via news release from the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station.)