Two Arrested for Drug Charges on New Year’s Eve


Two 18-year-olds who must have been sampling the goods got themselves arrested on New Year’s Eve in Laguna Beach, but long before the midnight countdown.

Sgt. Tim Kleiser says officers pulled over a car driven by the teens about 4 p.m. because a passenger was leaning out of a car window holding two glass jars full of marijuana.

Altogether, police confiscated 1,200 grams of marijuana in different containers and another bag containing 2.75 pounds of pot from their car, he said.

Brandon Herrera from Dana Point was busted for two felony drug charges as well as driving without a license and an outstanding felony warrant.

His passenger, Austin Vernon from Dublin, Ohio, was arrested for alleged felony possession of concentrated marijuana.

Bail was set at $25,000 for each.



Monday, Dec. 28

Fraud. 900 block of Santa Ana St. 2 p.m. A resident discovered unauthorized charges to an account.

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Traffic collision. Smithcliffs Rd. 1:42 a.m. A 25-year-old motorist from South Carolina who had collided with bushes was arrested for DUI. She escaped injury.

Traffic stop. 31100 block of Coast Hwy. 11:12 a.m. John Oliver Hauser, of San Clemente, was arrested for an unlicensed driver warrant.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Emergency. 1300 block of Ensenada Ave. 5.12 p.m. Residents who arrived home and surprised Andrew Curcio, 25, of Dana Point, in their driveway, detained him until police arrived. He was later arrested him for misdemeanor drug charges.

Patrol check. 1600 block of Hillcrest Dr. 10:20 p.m. Police were called over a large group of juveniles; one intoxicated male was detained and later released to his parents.

Friday, Jan. 1

Assault with a deadly weapon. S. Coast Hwy. 2 a.m. Detectives are investigating an assault on a man who said he was struck on the side of his face after unintentionally bumping into someone.

Traffic stop. 200 block of Cleo St. 3:31 a.m. A 44-year-old Huntington Beach woman was cited for DUI and a relative arrested for drunk in public.

DUI. 2900 block of Laguna Canyon Rd. 3:32 a.m. A truck seen weaving all over the road prompted the arrest of a Lake Forest man for DUI.

Reckless driving. Coast Hwy. 7:13 a.m. A 21-year-old Laguna Beach man, driving a car with fresh damage, was arrested for DUI.

Assault. 1600 block of Hillcrest Dr. 1:22 p.m. A juvenile who tried to make entry to a party was slugged in the face without provocation.

Saturday, Jan. 2

Traffic stop. Beverly St. 2 a.m. A 23-year-old Westminster woman was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. 300 block of Oak St. 8:52 p.m. A 60-year-old Laguna Beach resident was cited for DUI.

Traffic stop. Canyon Acres. 11:59 p.m. A 28-year-old from Costa Mesa was cited for DUI.

Sunday, Jan. 3

Traffic stop. West St. 2:40 a.m. A 57-year-old Ladera Ranch woman was cited for DUI.





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  1. So tired of reading reports on the constant arrest’s and release of criminals in LB. Such as drug dealers and users. Daily news reporting no consequences for these thugs, or the kid’s using is beyond frustrating and wrong. How about some news where Laguna beachers are uniting and insisting on a year or two of jail time and heavy fines for drug dealers. Maybe some actual community service for teens using. No longer tolerating drug dealers in Laguna beach. California needs laws on drugs period. Maybe at least in Laguna, the city can have it’s own laws not allowing or tolerating this any longer. News reporters can help make a difference.


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