UPDATE: Woman in her 70’s arrested in drug raid for allegedly running a drug house

Sheriff's deputies conduct a drug raid at a home on Alaminos Drive in Saugus on May 9, 2017. (Austin Dave/The Signal)
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A morning drug raid at a house in Saugus Tuesday netted the arrest of a woman in her 70’s accused of running a drug house, and a man in his 40’s accused of being under the influence of drugs.

The raid, carried out by members of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff Station’s NARCO team, happened less than a half mile from the Bouquet Canyon Park where a Castaic man died of an apparent heroin overdose two weeks ago.

The home is also a nearby elementary school, however, the school was closed in 2010.

“They’re done with the operation,” Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s station told The Signal shortly after 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

“Two people have been arrested,” she said, noting she was unable to confirm reports that the raid involved heroin.

“One of those arrested was a female in her 70’s, the homeowner, for the felony of running a drug house,” Miller said, shortly after 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“A male, white, aged 47, was arrested on a misdemeanor for being under the influence,” she said.

 “That house has been the location of numerous arrests in the past,” Miller said. “Deputies received repeat calls about the house, so this (arrest) was important for them.

“They went there because they had received a lot of complaints and tips about the house,” she said.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Narco team members descended on a home on Alaminos Drive, between Calwood Street and Shine Drive. Bouquet Canyon Elementary School and Bouquet Canyon Park sit at the end of Shine Drive.

David Alexander Esquivel, 28, of Castaic, died of an apparent heroin overdose when he was found in the bathroom of Bouquet Canyon Park on Apr. 23.

More details about the drug bust are expected to be released later today, Miller said.

John Schlender, 47, of Saugus was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs, a misdemeanor.

He is scheduled to appear at the Santa Clarita Courthouse Wednesday.

Court documents pertaining to the arrest of the woman described as being in her 70’s had not been processed as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday’s arrest makes the second time in two months that an elderly woman has been arrested for allegedly running a drug house.

Judith Ward, 64, of Canyon Country, was arrested in March, accused of operating a drug house following a drug raid at a Canyon Country house.

Ward is scheduled to appear in San Fernando Superior Court next week on May 16.


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