UPDATE: Drug and weapons bust carried out at Castaic apartment complex

Drug-sniffing dog used in drugbust. Signal photo by Austin Dave.

An apartment complex in Castaic was the scene of a multi-jurisdictional drug and weapons bust Friday undertaken by members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Los Angeles Police Department.

One man was arrested and weapons and drugs seized, according to a DEA spokesman.

Shortly after 1 p.m., members of both agencies converged around the Villa Castaic Apartments on the 31000 block of Ridge Route Road, near Violin Canyon Road.

“This was a HIDTA operation,”  Special Agent Tim Massino of the Los Angeles office of the Drug Enforcement Administration Tim Massino, told The Signal Friday.

HIDTA stands for  the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program described as a drug-prohibition enforcement program run by the United States Office of National Drug Control Policy.

It was set up in 1990 after the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 was passed.

“Members of this large task force were involved, a state search warrant was used to search the location,” Massino said referring to the apartment complex on Ridge Route Road.

“There was one arrest in this particular operation,” Massino said.

Austin Navarro, 24, was arrested on suspicion of weapons and narcotics violations, he said.

LAPD canine officers were at the scene assisting in the operation.

No deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station participated in the operation, which was described as an LAPD case, said Shirley Miller, spokeswoman for the SCV Sheriff’s Station.

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