Police Arrest Suspected Drug Dealer
Law enforcement authorities who served search warrants at homes in Hawthorne on Friday, Nov. 2 arrested a suspected drug dealer and seized $229,000 in cash, cars, a handgun and an illicit drug cache of undetermined value.
The warrants were obtained following an investigation tied to a case in Laguna Beach begun several months ago and executed with Hawthorne police and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, Capt. Jason Kravetz said Monday.
At one location, thousands of prescription pain pills, ecstasy and marijuana were found, police said in a statement.
Kevin Odel Lott, 42, of Hawthorne, was charged with allegedly possessing drugs for sales, possession of ecstasy and being a felon in possession of handguns, police said. Detectives also seized two Mercedes, a Chevy Tahoe and a Dodge Charger.
It is believed that the cash and cars were all obtained through interstate drug trafficking, Kravetz said.
Monday, Oct. 29
Vehicle burglary. 7:52 a.m. 100 block of Cypress Dr. A thief took a transponder from a locked vehicle and caused $2,000 in damage to the interior of the car.
Traffic collision. 2000 block Laguna Canyon Rd. 8:34 a.m. A motorcyclist was thrown from his bike when he collided with a turning truck while attempting to pass a vehicle in the center median. He refused medical aid.
Vehicle burglary. 8:30, 9:06, 9:53 a.m. 300 block of High Drive. Owners of three locked cars reported thieves had rummaged through their vehicles over night, stealing a wallet, electronics and a first aid kit, together valued at $670.
DUI. N. Coast Hwy. 10:09 a.m. Michael Redler, 51, of Capistrano Beach, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $15,000 bail due to prior offenses.
Grand theft. 12-04132. 600 block Glomstad Lane. 12:47 p.m. An 18-carat gold Tiffany Elsa Peretti necklace valued at $1869 was last seen three weeks ago.
Traffic collision. 31100 block of Coast hwy. 10:31 p.m. Lissa Pfeifer, 41, of Dana Point, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after hitting a curb. Bail was set at $10,000 due to a prior offense.
Defraud innkeeper. 200 block of S. Coast hwy. 11:15 p.m. Jonathan Jordan, 24, of Los Angeles, was arrested for suspicion of burglary after walking out on a $12 tab.
Bail was set at $20,000.
Tuesday, Oct. 30
Reckless driving. West St. A 73-year-old Monarch Beach man was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Thursday, Nov. 1
Burglary. 30800 block of Coast Hwy. 9:20 a.m. Batteries were taken from an exterior shed in back.
Traffic stop. 31600 block of Sea Bluff Ln. 10 a.m. Marcelo Ramiro, 41, of Anaheim, was arrested for suspicion of possessing a forged driver’s license. Bail was set at $20,000.
Friday, Nov. 2
Traffic stop. Canyon Acres. Trent Austin Booth, 31, of San Jacinto, was arrested for suspicion of DUI and held for $10,000 bail due to a prior offense.
Traffic stop. Blue Lagoon. 9:58 p.m. A 36-year-old Oceanside woman was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Speed race. S. Coast Hwy. 11:37 p.m. A 65-year-old Irvine man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Saturday, Nov. 3
Traffic stop. 1700 S. Coast hwy. 1:42 a.m. A 32-year-old Mission Viejo man was cited for DUI and held for $2500 bail.
Burglary. 30700 S. Coast hwy. 4:21 p.m. Sunglasses and a wallet with a cumulative value of $480 was taken from a vehicle.
Sunday, Nov. 4
Domestic violence. 30800 block of Coast Highway. 4:25 p.m. Ex-Fullerton cop Todd Alan Major, 32, was arrested for an outstanding DUI warrant and suspicion of domestic violence after allegedly throwing a woman onto a sofa and manhandling her daughter in a similar fashion. Bail was set at $50,000.