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February 19, 2019 -- A drug dealing investigation that began in Santa Monica led to the arrest last week of three suspects and the seizure of a large cache of weapons, drugs and cash, police said Tuesday.

The evidence was seized Friday after the Police Department’s Narcotics/Vice Unit and SWAT executed search warrants in a home in Lennox and another in Hawthorne.

The warrants also involved "multiple vehicles and persons," said SMPD spokesman Lt. Saul Rodriguez.

Evidence recovered in drug bust
Evidence recovered in drug bust (Photos courtesy SMPD)

Police recovered 21 handguns and 8 long guns/rifles, more than 4,000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin, he said.

Police also recovered more tha $200,000 in cash, police said.

Detectives arrested two men and a woman "for their involvement in narcotics distribution and criminal activity," Rodriguez said.

The suspects were identified as Pedro Cesar Isais, a 28 year-old male from Los Angeles, who was booked for possession of heroin and methamphetamine for the purpose of sales.

Pedro Isais Valarie Cruz Alejandro Cruz
From left Pedro Isais, Valarie Cruz and Alejandro Cruz

Isias was also for possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm and child endangerment, police said.

Also arrested and booked on the same charges was Valarie Marie Cruz, a 30 year-old female from Inglewood.

Alejandro Cruz, a 25 year-old male from Los Angeles, was booked for possession of heroin for the purpose of sales, police said.

The three subjects were booked at the Santa Monica jail.

Detectives will present the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for filing consideration.

Anyone with information related to narcotic activity in the City of Santa Monica should call the anonymous Narcotics Tip Line at (310) 458-2292; or the Santa Monica Police Department at (310) 458-8491.

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