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A 27-year-old Compton resident is in custody at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department Saturday awaiting a June 27 court date for allegedly supplying methamphetamine that was being sold from an auto center in Santa Paula.
Earlier this year, Ventura County sheriff’s detectives received information that the owner of the Santa Paula Auto Center, 1055 E. Main St., and his close business associates were organizing shipments of methamphetamine and cocaine to and from the business, according to Sgt. Guy Moody of the VCSD.
“The investigation also revealed other area narcotic traffickers, which subsequently identified (Salvador) Andaya as a methamphetamine supplier,” Moody said.
On May 30, a search warrant was served at a home in the 14000 block of South Butler Avenue in Compton, where investigators recovered approximately 3 ounces of methamphetamine, a scale and a gun, he said.
A search on one of Andaya’s vehicles revealed an “elaborate, hidden compartment, which contained an additional 11 ounces of methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, a scale and written evidence of methamphetamine sales,” he said.
Andaya was arrested at the home on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine for sale, offering to sell methamphetamine and weapons charges, Moody said.
He is currently in custody at the sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility, where he is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail. His next court date is set for June 27 in Division 12 of the Ventura Superior Court.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department asked anyone with any information regarding the alleged drug trafficking at the Santa Paula Auto Center to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.
—City News Service
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