Five arrested in early morning drug raids

LANCASTER – Teams of deputies descending on three Lancaster homes, around 6 a.m. Friday morning, and discovered illegal drugs, a loaded handgun and several other items of evidence, authorities said.

Arrested in connection with the drug busts were Otis Moore, 33; Mario Aguilar, 26; Jesse Garcia, 37; Christopher Valadez, 31; and Vivian Mora, 32.

The following is the press report from the Lancaster Station:

The Lancaster Station Narcotics Unit, along with the TOP/CORE Teams, LAN-CAP Team and the Palmdale Narcotics Team all conducted search warrants at three Lancaster residential locations [1763 West Avenue H-1; 45059 15th Street West; and 44919 15th Street West].

A substantial amount of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, and several other items of evidence were found in all three locations.

A 4-month-old boy was taken into custody by the Department of Children and Family Services, while his mother, Vivian Mora, was arrested for alleged child endangerment.

Also arrested were Otis Moore, Mario Aguilar, Jesse Garcia and Christopher Valadez.

Alleged charges were sales of methamphetamine and possession of a loaded firearm. All five suspects were booked at Lancaster Station.

[Friday’s] arrests completed a very successful first week of the year for the Lancaster Narcotics Units.

Earlier in the week, the Narcotics Unit executed five additional search warrants. These warrants led to the arrest of three additional suspects and recovery of two assault rifles, one illegally modified shotgun, 200 marijuana plants and five pounds of marijuana ready for sales.

  40 comments for “Five arrested in early morning drug raids

  1. Marina
    March 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Its funny we all like judge those who try provide safty in our
    lifes,yes its good and bad cops,but also so many up there
    who not cops and they also scandolous and corapted,and before
    judge anybody chek your self first,another those who got
    bustedthey screw them self up,i just feel bad for baby that he has to
    Go on the system.

  2. Megan
    January 7, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Hey Captain Obvious or was it Oblivious?
    low level-non violent weed smokers
    “they have no fear…” meth users
    Big difference and anyone with a brain that can override their ego will agree.
    Listing other felons (especially those previously in positions of power and trust) is hardly a “he did it too, 4 yr olds antic”. It points out that the people with big egos think they are above the law.
    It’s sad really, a citizen has to figure out whick city official is the “one” they can trust.

    • Yo Mama
      January 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I’m not sure I followed that….

  3. Gladys
    January 5, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Really, at no time did I say or suggest that the majority of city officials or cops are corrupt. I simply made a statement that with so many being exposed everyday, I wonder who will be next?
    Sex charges, beating people up on camera, tazing people to death, unarmed people being shot. I certainly do NOT think the bad cops out number the good cops.
    As far as city officials, everyday people post things our mayor and other people at the city of Lancaster are doing or did. The city of Lancaster is a joke to many of the residents of Lancaster and I have very little faith that things will get better any time soon.
    As far as hatred…I don’t hate anyone. I don’t like some people, but I do not hate them. I don’t like child abusers, animal abusers, drug abusers, thiefs of any kind (including time thiefs) or liars and drunks. Basically, not fond of people who walk around with their head up their a$$, acting like they are superior.
    God Bless America

    • Thomas
      January 6, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Gladys you should.spend less time judging people and work on your attitude. Just remember cops, city officials and yes even you are all human.

      • Gladys
        January 6, 2013 at 8:06 pm

        Look whose talking [removed]! Work on yourself. I’m not judging anyone. I live in a free country and thank the President, God and the military, for that everyday.
        God Bless America. Work on your bad attitude Thomas.

        • Thomas
          January 6, 2013 at 9:38 pm

          If you believe Lancaster City Officials are doing such a bad job then I expect to see your name on the ballot next election.

          • Gladys
            January 6, 2013 at 9:51 pm

            and when is that election again? oh yeah, is it November? Oh no, it’s hidden in the spring. I can not trust some of the elected officials and I don’t have to like the appointed dept. managers and still not run for office. Hopefully, someone will step up and clean house. It will not be me.

          • BamBam
            January 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

            Gladys for Mayor!
            Thomas, it looks like you put a whole lot of words in her thought bubble that she didn’t think or say. You should spend less time trying to twist a persons words around and get back to Reality? Really.

  4. January 5, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Good Job! There are many more penalties associated with sale or possession of drugs than just criminal charges,incarceration and felony conviction than people realize. Such as; prohibited from public housing; lifetime ban on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (known as TANF or welfare (cash/public assistance) benefits (convicted after August 22, 1996)unless they are receiving or have completed drug or alchol treatment; Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) benefits, but may regain eligibility by meeting certain requirements, like receiving or completing drug ir alcohol treatment; if you are a student receiving federal student aid (grants, loans or work-study) and are convicted for possession or sale of illegal drugs, your eligibility may be suspended.

    As for the four year child that was taken by Department of Family and Childrens Services, it is my hope that his mother will get the proper drug treatment in order to get her child back as it is for the “best interest” of the child to be seperated from this type of drug activity and environment, and hopefully prevents him from following in his mother’s footsteps.

  5. Palmdale_Steve
    January 5, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Good work Deputies and special drug enforcement teams from both cites.

    Keep it up!

    • Turd Ferguson
      January 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm

      Great job by the sherriffs.Great job by the sherriffs.But how could they do this without LEAPS?But how could they do this without LEAPS?$90,000.00 a month for LEAPS.$90,000.00 a month for LEAPS.Crime has gone up with LEAPS.Crime has gone up with LEAPS.$90,000.00 can get us more sherriffs.$90,000.00 a month can get us more sherriffs.We have great sherriffs.We have great sherriffs.Quit wasting tax payer dollars.Quit wasting tax payer dollars.No to LEAPS.No to LEAPS.

      • Yo Mama
        January 5, 2013 at 5:23 pm


  6. January 5, 2013 at 8:58 am

    “Meth” originated in Japan in 1893. Here’s an educational website Also, “drug dealers” are just like every other businessman/ business woman, they want to make MONEY and they have a product that is in HIGH DEMAND by every DRUG ADDICT. 70% of individuals who commit a crime are either (a)under the influence during the commission of their crime (b)have used within the past 24 hours (c) have used within the past 30 days of committing the crime. THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF COMMITTING A CRIME TO FEED THEIR HABIT.

    The estimated cost to society of drug abuse in 2002 was $181 BILLION, $107 BILLION OF IT ASSOCIATED WITH DRUG-RELATED CRIME.

    • Captain Obvious
      January 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Thank you to our resident convicted felon, expert on all things criminal, Egberts. Now we are to believe that drug dealers “are just like every other business man…..blah blah blah.” Well Egberts, there’s at least ONE glaring difference: Most businessmen choose to make their money the LEGAL way. You know, showing up early, leaving late, busting their A$$ to make an honest buck, selling a LEGAL product people want. There are some exceptions, but most of the drug dealers up here make just enough to buy their next baggie, and are up to their eyeballs in debt, hence the “mysterious” shootings that occur in the ghetto at 4 AM. Your last few lines are the same as all your postings: nothing is the fault of the criminal, this time its that mean old meth. No fault in your mind goes to the crook, it’s all because of the drugs. They can’t be responsible for their behavior when they’re on drugs, right? These were otherwise “good people”….except for the drugs. Save it Egberts.

      • January 5, 2013 at 3:22 pm

        @Captain Obvious- just like convicted felons Mike Corona, former Orange County’s “finest” Sheriff(witness tampering) and George Jaramillo, former Orange County Assistant Sheriff turned “snitch” (tax evasion, mail fraud and admitted devising and executing schemes to defraud the citizens of Orange County and the State of his HONEST services as a PUBLIC OFFICIAL, and Don Haidl, former Orange County Assistant Sheriff turned “snitch” (filing false tax return), recently deceased and lets not forget Don Haidl’s son Gregory who GANG RAPED an UNCONCIOUS 16-year old with two friends and was found guilty of Sexual Assault went to prison and is now a registered sex offender which he rightfully should be! Maybe you can send Mike Corona an “inmate care package” as he’s still doing his entire 66 months in federal prison to support him

        • really
          January 5, 2013 at 4:58 pm

          What does that have to do with anything? The men you named are criminals in jail doing time as they should. You think by naming public officials who were criminals that somehow justifies your position? Criminals are everywhere and need to be held accountable no matter who they are. You often say everyone is one bad choice away from being in that position. That is a fallacy… Most people never make that one bad choice… the other small percentage who ends up in prison is like you. People who conciously made a string of bad choices over a span of time….

          • Yo Mama
            January 5, 2013 at 5:27 pm

            Dude, don’t waste your time. Crack is whack!!

          • Gladys
            January 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm

            They were all caught and are doing time. Just think how many of “them” haven’t been caught or exposed yet.

          • really
            January 5, 2013 at 7:46 pm

            Just think how many havent been caught yet? Are you making an assertion that the majority of public officials, cops, etc… are corrupt? If so what is your justification? I suspect you have no justification other than your hatred for those stated groups. In which case your no different than a racist bigoted homophobe. Somehow in society racism, bigotry and homophobia has become taboo ( which I agree with) yet people applying the same hatred to police etc is okay. Its the same logic… labeling people en mass for the actions of a few… Stay ignorant Gladys…

          • January 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm

            @really… take your blinders off and look in your FRONT YARD as our “LOCAL” officials are CORRUPT, they think they are above the law, can violate state/federal constitutions, use “fear mongoring techniques” to garner support from constituents based on false statistics (Sex Offender Ordinance)and now going to put the Criminal Justice Commission up to “entraping” local businesses if they don’t prosecute shoplifters, harrass and intimidate individuals with false charges to put them in prison to silence them for speaking up and reporting misconduct of a city employee. WAKE UP REALLY!!!

            They are looking at individual LAWSUITS for each business they go after and I will provide the legal defense team for the businesses against the city for each lawsuit.

          • really
            January 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

            Michelle.. Wake up? So based on your disapproval of Rex and the Lancaster you are labeling all other governments the same…I llok out my front door and see good people in government. I may not agree with their positions but I dont think they are evil… Since you too are lumping the few bad apples in with everyone I will give you an honest assessment of my perception of you and you alone… You are a convicted con artist. You have been conning people for decades. It is my opinion that you are an alcoholic. I feel that you have turned from an illegal con to a legal con. You realized that our bloated government will give hucksters like you money for halfway houses, counseling and other crap. Exactly what is it that you do as an occupation now that allows you to threaten to pay for someone elses legal defense? So in closing dont tell me to wake up when I have been an honest citizen all my life while youve been ruining lives and defending the scum of the earth. I defend your right to say the nonsense you post but I dont have to silently watch as you attempt to espouse complete crap…

          • January 5, 2013 at 10:14 pm

            @really… yes, you are right, I am a “convict” convicted of crimes which you remind me of EVERY time I post on this site, but I used my criminality and incarceration experience in a positive way by incorporating AV-East Kern Second Chance, Inc. after thoroughly researching prisoner reentry after experiencing first-hand the barriers we face coming out of prison.

            I have not received any “free money” from the government, nor receive a paycheck yet. However, through my trial from Mayor Parris and Lee D’Errico, I met an incredible individual, Richard Macias, a 25-year California Department of Corrections (retired) Lieutenant, Investigation Officer and Parole Agent who recognized what I was up against with our Mayor and partnered with me to make a difference in our community… ex-con and law enforcement partnership who read my WHOLE CENTRAL CDCR FILE before partnering with me to set an EXAMPLE that BOTH sides can come TOGETHER and make a difference for our COMMUNITY.

            Furthermore, you have no idea who I am, but I will say this… I TRULY CARE ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY

    • Stinger
      January 5, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      I happen to ascribe to the notion that the best way to put these guys out of business is to reduce the demand to as close to nothing as possible. No demand, no dealer.

      • January 5, 2013 at 8:12 pm

        Treat the addict, cut the crime rate. As long as there are DRUG USERS in the world there will be DRUG DEALERS. There is nothing we can do to stop it COMPLETELY, but we can SLOW IT DOWN with sustained effort. People who SELL DRUGS (large quantity)should be PROSECUTED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT OF THE LAW.

        Look at our local arrests, half of them if not more are possession cases or under the influence. Low-level, non-violent drug users dominate police time, waste the time of the courts, and fill our prisons. The “drug war” has resulted in record breaking prison populations, especially here in California, and we are are feeling it now with Realignment, AB-109. Shortly, we are going to feel even more, but this time from the U.S. Supreme Court on June 13th when we are in contempt of the prison reduction order which could be a penalty assessed of up to $1m/day.

        • Captain Obvious
          January 5, 2013 at 10:41 pm

          “….Low-level, non-violent drug users dominate police time, waste the time of the courts, and fill our prisons.”

          “… 70% of individuals who commit a crime are either (a)under the influence during the commission of their crime (b)have used within the past 24 hours (c) have used within the past 30 days of committing the crime. THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF COMMITTING A CRIME TO FEED THEIR HABIT.”

          Intelligent individuals would agree that the above two statements are contradictory. But both of the above statements were made by….wait for it….Egberts! Within hours of each other on the same web page! Say it ain’t so! Either drug possession/use is a victimless crime that cops shouldn’t be wasting their time or our tax dollars on… OR…drugs are a contributing factor to a large number of ADDITIONAL crimes. You can’t have it both ways Egberts. Oh, and by the way, listing other felons is very much like a 4 year old when they get caught doing something wrong saying “he did it too…he did it too!”

          • January 5, 2013 at 11:10 pm

            @captain oblivious… you surfaced…amazing! Those convicted were what we regarded as “pillars” of society in the “OC” which is where I’m from but transplanted here to the desert. Hopefully you will be there at the City Council meeting on the 8th along with “really” and the “naysayers” if they have the “balls” to appear, which I highly doubt, including you. Like I said to Mayor Parris’ law firm staff… “bring it on”!

          • my2cents
            January 6, 2013 at 8:34 am

            @Egberts, a great response (not) when you were just nailed for talking out of both sides of your piehole! Typical felon doublespeak.

          • Forewarned
            January 6, 2013 at 9:26 am

            Bam! ^ (◐ o ◑ )

          • Megan
            January 7, 2013 at 8:38 am

            low level-non violent weed smokers
            “they have no fear…” meth users
            Big difference and anyone with a brain that can override their ego will agree.
            Listing other felons (especially those previously in positions of power and trust) is hardly a “he did it too, 4 yr olds antic”. It points out that the people with big egos think they are above the law.
            It’s sad really, a citizen has to figure out whick city official is the “one” they can trust.

  7. Gladys
    January 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Adam Chant, I guess you were wrong about people making Meth here in
    the AV. After a large pot bust, I said I wish the cops would do something about all the meth here in the AV. Your response on 12/14/12 @ 8:52 you was,
    “The reason that Meth labs are not a problem any more is because of the Pseudoephedrine laws in California. It’s all but impossible for crack heads to make a lab of any value now and it takes too much work to acquire all of the components needed to produce it.
    Now all meth is imported over the border from Mexico and they get the Pseudoephedrine directly from factories in China. The Pseudoephedrine is shipped in 55 gallon drums to factories in Mexico where it’s produced in extremely large quantities. DEA estimates that they currently only seize about 40% of the narcotic smuggled over the border.”

    I am glad the LASD wasn’t so convinced by your strong opinion.

    • Uncle Tom
      January 5, 2013 at 8:14 am

      Adam is correct, as our information comes directly from LASD narcotics deputies. Adam stated that all meth was imported from over the border. I would counter that almost all large scale meth labs are located someplace other than the USA, because of the reasons stated by Adam. There are still very small, typically personal use, meth labs that pop up. Its far too costly and difficult to maintain a major lab for Meth in the US now, which is why almost all are now located elsewhere, typically South of the border, because of the ease of access to supplies found in those countries.

      Meth use is still a problem here in the AV. They even find small Meth labs (stovetop cookers) but nothing like they used to find.

      I’m not picking on you Gladys, just want to make it clear that he spoke the truth. Perhaps people around here need to re-read others posts before trying to badmouth them.

      • Uncle Tom
        January 5, 2013 at 8:20 am

        Couple additional things…

        At no time in this article does it state they found a meth lab, just enough meth to charge somebody with sales of it.

        Narco takes suspected meth labs, even small ones, very serious because of the chemicals used are VERY dangerous. So they will take reports of possible labs and investigate to the best of their ability. Any meth lab is far more dangerous than a pot farm to a community simply because of the chemicals involved.

        • Gladys
          January 5, 2013 at 2:14 pm

          Meth lab, meth sales.
          I am glad they took someone/something out of play who may be responsible for some of the zombies walking around this town. When I originally referred to busting meth people, I meant busting the people who frequent meth houses and the landlords. Never suggesting they are ALL meth labs. Meth is a problem here in the AV.
          Other than children (by law, those under 18) smoking weed, I don’t see weed being such a terrible problem. LASD keep up the good work.

    • Adam Chant
      January 5, 2013 at 3:14 pm

      This is why I use my real name, I stand by my statements..
      There is no doubt that we all make mistakes in the things we say time to time, but in the case of meth labs vs. meth houses there is a very big difference. Anecdotal evidence also points to fewer explosive fires in the A.V. since the Pseudoephedrine restrictions were implemented.
      I’ll bet big bucks the same guys that hosted our Narcotics class executed in this bust. My statements about this matter were not from some Google search or focus group I attended on drugs, but from the actual LASD deputies that do this for a living in our community.

  8. Michelle
    January 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    Good! Cause meth is very bad and no one should ever do it, not even once!

    I hope that poor kid is in better hands now.

  9. VWFish
    January 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm



  10. Liz
    January 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    High five!

  11. Forewarned
    January 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    “…4-month-old boy was taken into custody.” When I adopted my puppy from a rescue shelter I had to sign a contract that I would take good care of her and give her a good home. Maybe we should make people sign contracts before they can procreate. [sarcasm off]

    • Gladys
      January 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm

      [sarcasm on] For clarification purposes, would someone sign the contract before the “act” that might possibly result in a little bundle of joy, or would the birth mother only need to sign it when she is in labor?

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