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September 23, 2010

Detectives get 'Case of Year' honors

Laguna Beach Police Detectives Darin Germaine and Larry Bammer received the Orange County Narcotic Officers Assn. 2009 "Street Narcotics Case of the Year" award at a special ceremony held Sept. 16, according to Sgt. Louise Callus.

The two narcotics officers were honored for an investigation that led over several months to the arrest of six suspects, and the confiscation of more than 9,200 Ecstasy tablets, about 1.5 pounds of psilocybin mushrooms, 2,200 tablets of LSD and more than a kilogram of ketamine, in addition to about $66,000 in cash forfeiture.


The case involved the cities of Huntington Beach, Brea, Anaheim, Tustin and Fullerton, according to Callus. DEA agents and law enforcement officers from various cities were also involved.

The investigation began with an undercover drug buy in February from a suspect believed to be connected to larger traffickers. The detectives then asked for the assistance of the DEA and continued to conduct surveillance on the target until leads were developed on two different traffickers who were allegedly supplying the primary suspect. Detectives learned that one of the larger traffickers was believed to be shipping ecstasy to Hawaii and Texas via a postal service, Callus stated.

In April, the detectives and DEA agents arrested the primary target in Tustin, who agreed to identify two larger drug traffickers. An arrangement was made with the Costa Mesa Police Department Narcotics Team to conduct surveillance in Huntington Beach on the trafficker believed to be shipping ecstasy to Hawaii.

After observing a cocaine transaction between this trafficker and another customer in Huntington Beach, DEA agents and the detectives, joined by the Costa Mesa police surveillance team, seized more than 4,200 Ecstasy pills, psilocybin, LSD and ketamine, and more than $35,000 in cash at this location, according to Callus.

Detectives and DEA agents then drove to Brea and arrested a suspect on suspicion of selling ecstasy. At that location, more than 2,500 Ecstasy pills, a pound of psilocybin, LSD, ketamine and almost $4,000 in cash was seized.

Leads from the Brea location led to a Fullerton business where, with the assistance of the Fullerton Police Department Gang Unit, an alleged female Asian gang associate was arrested on suspicion of possessing 2,000 Ecstasy pills.

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