Briefly In Public Safety

July 09, 2010

Police seize 4,000 Ecstasy pills

Laguna Beach and Garden Grove detectives arrested two people in Garden Grove on July 1 after allegedly discovering 4,000 ecstasy pills in their car with an estimated street value of $40,000, Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz said.

One suspect is a 16-year-old from Garden Grove who police allege is a juvenile gang member with ties to a violent group.


The other suspect is identified as 21-year-old Lam Dinh Nguyen of Fountain Valley.

The arrests, in a parking lot in the City of Garden Grove, took place after a monthlong investigation, Kravetz said. The two were arrested on suspicion of the sales, transportation and possession of several thousand Ecstasy pills.

"Ecstasy is one of the most dangerous drugs threatening young people today," Kravetz said. "It is a synthetic chemical which has become one of the easiest types of drugs to obtain. The effects are similar to those of amphetamines and hallucinogens. It is very popular at social events like raves, hip hop parties and concerts."

Kravetz said several Laguna Beach youth have recently been detained for possession of the drug.

Four accused in Montage burglaries

Four men were arrested at 7:45 a.m. today on suspicion of stealing items from unlocked vehicles at the Montage Resort Laguna, Kravetz said.

At 7:30 a.m., security officers at the Montage reported a suspicious-looking Honda Civic on the property, which drove away when the officers approached.

Fifteen minutes later, police officers located the Honda near the resort and stopped the vehicle, which had four young men inside. Police allegedly found items that appeared to have been stolen, including iPhones, iPods, bicycling equipment, Mercedes Benz entertainment headphones, phone chargers, and exercise equipment with an estimated value of $2,500.

According to police, the group had entered a secure parking area and stole items from at least five vehicles. All of the stolen items were recovered, and police are in the process of identifying all of the victims with the assistance of hotel staff, Kravetz said.

Four men—two 19-year-olds from Hacienda Heights, a 19-year-old from Bell and one 18-year-old from San Clemente — were arrested on suspicion of grand theft and conspiracy to commit a criminal act. Both charges are felonies.

Cocaine allegedly found in dashboard

A Santa Ana man was arrested after police allegedly discovered dozens of bags of cocaine in his dashboard at 9:21 a.m. July 1 on Crown Valley Parkway, Kravetz said.

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