LANCASTER – Deputies arrested four people and seized illegal drugs and a large amount of stolen electronics from a Lancaster home Tuesday morning.
The bust happened around 6 a.m., when deputies from Lancaster Station’s TOP/CORE team served a search warrant at a home in the 1100 block of East Kildare Street. The warrant was part of an ongoing investigation regarding drug sales at the home, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Michael Rust.
During the search, deputies found methamphetamine, heroine, ecstasy, steroids, and other illegal drugs, Rust said. They also found thousands of dollars’ worth of electronics, including computers, computer hard drives, monitors and cell phones, Rust added.
“There were close to 200 computers and hard drives, and they were all stolen,” he said.
Deputies discovered evidence of check fraud and identity theft inside the home, as well.
“There were boxes of paperwork where they had checks printed out that didn’t belong to them, and they confirmed that those checks were fraudulent,” Rust said.
Roger Leek, 52, Thomas Howell, 44, Jacob Andrada, Alexandra Garcia, 34 were arrested on narcotics, fraud and stolen property offenses. The suspects all lived at the home, Rust said.
The four suspects are due in court Thursday to answer charges. (View the Lancaster Station press release here.)
UPDATED 1/24/2013: An earlier version of this story identified Jonas Andrada as one of the suspects, but it was actually Jacob Andrada who was arrested. When Jacob Andrada was arrested he gave his brother’s name to deputies, which resulted in the error. Jacob Andrada’s fingerprints revealed his true identity, and now he is facing an additional charge of providing false information to a peace officer, sheriff’s officials said. Jonas Andrada was not involved in this situation, and we regret the error.
10 comments for "Four arrested, stolen electronics seized in Lancaster drug bust"
These electronics and all this computer equipment has nothing to do with the people who were arrested. All these electronics were stolen from the company that the owner of this residents works for.the owner of the residents at 1106 east kildare who’s name is Evangelina.now the drugs, that’s up in the air,quite possibly the drugs belonged to the owner of the residence as well.the company this woman works for has four sites,one of them is in San Pedro.the site managers name where these electronics were stolen from is Steve Ekers.this person is not involved and has no idea of these arrest or that these electronics were stolen out of the recycling department at his site.more later…..
I bet he knows now….
L & 20th W. says
you know what..at first the eye in the sky to me was a waste..but seeing it flying around is some comfort..and even better I was on J at a fast food place and saw a car full of low lifes all looking up at it one am..and it crossed my mind it may be working…
Resident Cynic says
Doubtful that the ‘low lifes’ as you call them are even aware that there is an eye in the sky. Glad you feel better tho. That’s what really counts, Peace of mind for a cool million bucks even if it’s not working as hoped. Or is that hyped?
Great job, keep up the good work!!
Now I’m wondering if my daughter’s computer is in there? It was issued through her school.
Acey….You going to bash the cops for this one? What did they do wrong this time?
Turd Ferguson says
We have great sherriffs!We have great sherriffs.Another crime solved without LEAPS.Another crime solved without LEAPS.How much longer will we waste $90,000.00 a month in tax payer money on LEAPS?How much longer will we waste $90,000.00 a month in tax payer money on LEAPS?No more LEAPS.No more LEAPS.More sherriffs.More sherriffs.
Great job LASD! Excellent police work, Amazing catch.
This is the type of police work that we applaud. Was the eye in the sky in on this one?