SANTA CRUZ - A 44-year-old Watsonville man was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in custody after admitting to drug sales and having served two prior prison terms for drug sales.
Eduardo Arguello had two pending cases.
He was arrested by the Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force in October 2011, after it found drugs and evidence of drug sales during a parole search, prosecutor Johanna Schonfield said.
In September, California Highway Patrol officers arrested him in the Seacliff area on suspicion of crimes including driving under the influence and possessing drugs for sale.
Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to selling methamphetamine and heroin, concealing evidence, driving while under the influence of a prescription painkiller and driving on a suspended license. He also acknowledged two prior prison terms, for drug sales, and to committing the crimes while out on bail.
Arguello also has a "strike" for armed robbery, with a knife, Schonfield said.
Drug sales convictions are not violent felonies, so they are not considered a "strike" under the state's Three Strikes law, but an allegation of a prior drug sales conviction can add three years to a drug sales sentence, Schonfield said.
Only one of his prior convictions was used to enhance his sentence Tuesday, she said.
After the hearing, defense attorney Nancy de la Pena said Arguello had only "minute" amounts of methamphetamine and heroin.
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