Undercover Operation Leads to Several Arrests and Seizure of Drugs, Money, and Guns

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The Long Beach Police Department is pleased to announce that an undercover narcotics investigation, which included serving search warrants at several locations, resulted in the confiscation of 12 pounds of drugs, $118,000 in cash and 9 firearms.

On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, as part of an ongoing investigation into the dealing of heroin in the City of Long Beach, Long Beach Police Drug Investigations section detectives were led to a residence in the 7500 block of Jaboneria Road in Bell Gardens. A warrant was served at that location, and 21-year old Oscar Salmoran of Bell Gardens was arrested, and 3 ½ pounds of heroin and 2 ½ pounds of crystal methamphetamine were confiscated. Suspect Salmoran was booked for possession of controlled substances for sale, and is being held at the Long Beach City Jail without bail.

As the investigation continued, detectives were led to three additional locations on Wednesday, September 4, 2013, where search warrants were also served. The first location was a residence in the 5300 block of Aldama Street in Los Angeles, which resulted in the arrest of 56-year-old Domingo Payan, and the confiscation of 6 pounds of heroin and $46,000 in cash. The second and third locations were residences located in the 2700 block of Montecito Street in Los Angeles. One warrant produced $72,000 in cash from one location, with 9 guns being seized from the second location. Suspect Payan was arrested for possession of narcotics for sales, and was booked into the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail.

The Long Beach Police Department will continue their efforts in the fight against drugs, which negatively impacts communities everywhere. Anyone wishing to report illegal drug activity should contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Drug Investigations Section at (562) 570-7221. Anonymous tips may be submitted by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), texting TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or visiting www.lacrimestoppers.org.

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