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Veronica Macias Lopez

WATSONVILLE

Three arrested with meth

Two women and a man were arrested in Watsonville on Thursday after authorities found 5 ounces of methamphetamine in their car.

A California Highway Patrol officer stopped Maria Guadalupe Gutierrez-Moreno in a speeding, 2011 Nissan Altima near West Beach and Locust streets about 3:30 p.m., said CHP officer Brad Sadek.

Veronica Macias Lopez and Saucedo Lopez Reyes also were in the car.

The CHP officer and his K9 officer, Rocky, searched the car. Authorities said they found $15,000 worth of meth in a Thermos on the rear floor of the car.

The Santa Cruz County Anti-Crime Team also assisted in the stop.

The trio were arrested on suspicion of possession of meth and possession of meth for sale, said Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputy Ryan Kennedy.

Saucedo Lopez Reyes is 30 and Maria Guadalupe Gutierrez-Moreno is 39. Veronica Macias Lopez is 39 and told authorities she is a field worker.

All three suspects are from Watsonville. Authorities announced the arrests on Monday.

SANTA CRUZ

Three-vehicle crash on Hwy. 1

A 20-year-old Santa Cruz man lost control of his Ford Ranger and collided with two SUVs on Highway 1 on Monday morning, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The drivers had minor injuries from the 8 a.m. crash, said CHP officer Brad Sadek. Traffic was snarled for more than an hour.


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The 20-year-old in the Ford was entering Highway 1 from Fairmount Avenue when he lost control on a road made wet by rain, Sadek said. The Ford collided with a Toyota 4Runner driven by 26-year-old Scotts Valley woman and a Pontiac Torrent driven by a 34-year-old Watsonville woman.

The 4Runner hit the concrete retaining wall near the base of the Morrissey Boulevard bridge. Speed was a factor in the wreck, said Sadek.

"Remember to slow down," Sadek added. "It doesn't have to be constantly raining for it to be slick," he said.

Central Fire and American Medical Response also responded to the call.

WATSONVILLE

Home burglarized during fumigation

A house on the 100 block of East Lake Avenue was burglarized while it was tented for fumigation, police reported.

Pest control workers tented the home about 10 a.m. Thursday, said Watsonville police Sgt. Brian Ridgway.

By about 10:25 a.m. Saturday, someone noticed that electronics were missing from the home, police said.

Ridgway said the burglary was uncommon, and police had no suspect descriptions on Monday.

Watsonville police ask anyone with information to call investigations at 831-768-3352 or leave an anonymous tip on the tipline at 831-728-3544 or by texting WATSPD to 888777.

WATSONVILLE

Man arrested with meth

A 36-year-old man was arrested Friday after police found him with more than 2 ounces of methamphetamine near the Pajaro River levee.

Watsonville police spotted Leonardo Espinosa Ramirez on the levee near Main and West Front streets about 10:30 a.m. Friday, said Watsonville police Sgt. Brian Ridgway.

Ramirez and Julio Cesar Arias, 37, were drinking beer in public, Ridgway said. Police searched Ramirez and found 57.2 grams of meth on him and 0.5 grams of meth on Arias, authorities said.

Both men are transients who live in Watsonville, according to police.

Ramirez was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth for sale and Arias was arrested for possession of meth and drug paraphernalia, according to police.

Ramirez remained in Santa Cruz County Jail on Monday in lieu of $10,000 bail, according to jail records.