HUNTINGTON BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Huntington Beach police have arrested a man on suspicion of dealing heroin to high school students after an investigation that led to the seizure of about $250,000 in drugs.
Juan Vidrio, 26, of Huntington Beach was taken into custody this week, five months after authorities began an investigation into drug sales in the seaside city they say revealed Vidrio was selling heroin to teenagers.
Members of the Los Angeles division of the Drug Enforcement Administration and detectives from Huntington Beach Police Department worked a joint operation targeting Vidrio on Aug. 6.
Detectives took Vidrio into custody and found he was in possession of 20 ounces of heroin “packaged in amounts consistent with mid-level drug trafficking rather than street-level sales,” according to authorities.
Huntington Beach police say detectives learned the identity of Vidrio’s supplier, who they say lived in a nearby Orange County city.
Police say about 7 pounds of heroin, representing over 31,000 doses, and 1.8 grams of cocaine together amounting to an estimated retail street value of over $250,000 were recovered from the supplier’s residence.
The supplier is believed to have fled before the search and was not taken into custody.
Vidrio was booked into Orange County Jail on charges of possession for sale of heroin and a probation violation.
He is being held without bail pending a court appearance.