K-9 Officers Score Major Drug Busts In Fullerton, Torrance

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — K-9 officers are credited with two major drug busts around the Southland, according to officials.

During a traffic stop in Torrance last Friday, police arrested seven men and one woman and confiscated more than a ton of pot.

Meanwhile, in Fullerton, a K-9 officer was responsible for busting a cocaine operation during another traffic stop.

The Torrance stop reportedly occurred near West Adams and Hauser Boulevards, according to Sgt. J. Hart of the Torrance Police Department.

After the K-9 officer determined the car contained contraband, a search warrant turned up 2,648 pounds of marijuana.

Suspects arrested were named as follows: Otto Gamalier Terrazas-Ruelas, 35, of Mexico; Jose Ayala, 28, of Mexico; Juan Carlos Ruelas, 26, of Mexico; Jimmy Escobedo, 24, of Alhambra; George Alberto Armas, 32, of Los Angeles; Juan Alberto Moyeda, 21, of Los Angeles; Eddie Escobedo, 27, of Los Angeles; and Stephanie Yolanda Salazar, 33, of Baldwin Park.


Meanwhile, a K-9 officer in Fullerton (his name is Mueller) reportedly sniffed out a 40-pound cache of cocaine (estimated between $500,000 and $1 million.)

The K-9 officer was purchased from a $10,000 donation to the department by Bruce and Fran Mueller of Fullerton. He recently died from cancer and wanted to donate the money for his namesake.

The driver in the Fullerton stop has been identified as 28-year-old Alfonso Cisneros of Pacoima.

Police said Cisneros was on probation for a narcotics violation.

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  • Ron

    The person caught with approx. $500,000 to $1 million worth of cocaine in Fullerton was out on PROBATION. “Police said Cisneros was on probation for a narcotics violation.” I guess that statement shows how successful our PROBATION department is in rehabbing and/or judging who is fit to be released on PROBATION. I think it is time to CLEAN house in the PROBATION departments, all over California. Does the case of Jaycee Dugard and the 60 visits by the PROBATION department to Phillip Garrido’s house(even after neighbors complained that children were at the house), sound familiar?

    PATHETIC !!!!

    • bounce

      The problem is that people who should be in prison are being released back into our communities as a result of a U.S. Supreme Court decision. The Probabion Department can’t keep tabs on these people 24/7, that’s not even possible in prison.

  • me

    Wow. More law-abiding, hard working Mexicans that just want a better life. When will the government see that they are tearing this country apart and are only bringing us down?

  • Sam Sindaha

    Wow thats a lot of pot, Want to render it worthless? just legalize it and let people grow as much as they want without government interference right here in the US, no one will sneak it across the border and no one will buy it. I am not sure how I feel about cocaine but with pot out of the way more resources will be available for busts.

  • citizen

    What was Torrance doing in L.A. on Hauser and Adams??

  • Yv

    More Mexicans.

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