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Craigslist Ad Leads to Drug Bust

The alleged Temecula drug dealer was tracked down when he put up an advertisement on Craigslist looking for people to party with "Tina," a street name for methamphetamine.

A Craigslist ad led to the arrest of two Temecula men.

Brian Leach, 33, and Jose Reyes Gomez, 26, both Temecula residents, were arrested on Aug. 5 on suspicion of dealing large amounts of crystal methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to jail records.

The investigation began when sheriff's Detective Jason Calvert was reviewing classified ads on the popular website Craigslist in an attempt to find people selling controlled substances, according to an affidavit.

Calvert came across an ad from a man stating he was looking for a female to party with "Tina."

According to the detective, "Tina" is the street name for methamphetamine.

The suspect and the detective began emailing back and forth making arrangements to meet and get high together. The suspect told the detective he had "really, really good Tina," according to the affidavit.

When the suspect arrived at the agreed upon location in Murrieta, Leach got out of his truck and began texting Calvert.

Murrieta Police Department Special Enforcement Team Detectives went up to the suspect and Calvert asked him if he was in possession of methamphetamine. Leach admitted to Calvert that he had a pipe in his vehicle.

While searching Leach’s truck, he found a meth pipe filled with methamphetamine crystals. He then arrested Leach.

The suspect also told Calvert that he has "big connects" and that he has access to large amounts of methamphetamine, the report stated.

Calvert then went through Leach’s cell phone and saw several texts regarding the sale of methamphetamine.

One of the texts was from a person named Joe who stated he was at Del Taco on Rancho California Road “with the stuff for you and what I owe you," Calvert reported.

Leach told Calvert that Joe drives a black Cadillac Escalade.

Calvert and the other detectives drove to Del Taco where they found the black Escalade and made contact with the driver, who identified himself as Joe.

In searching the Escalade, Calvert discovered an ounce of meth and more than $600 in cash. Reyes was immediately arrested.

Kevin Flynn August 21, 2011 at 05:48 AM
^ now thats funny....s&%T. "non-Tea Party" LOL
Dee Daniels August 22, 2011 at 07:41 PM
Gina of course you are correct as far as Temecula PD (really Riverside Sheriff, contracted by City of Temecula to do 'police work' (Riverside Sheriff and 'police work' is an oxymoron). They wouldn't know a dope slang/narcotics wording/slang or anything much more than how to harass good citizens who try to report crimes. As a matter of fact, they don't know what crimes are crimes. Real bad law enforcement representatives. They need to go bye bye and be replaced by REAL COPS
Chris August 22, 2011 at 07:58 PM
@Dee Daniels -- Funny you should say that, seeing as how this whole case stemmed from a sheriff's detective reviewing Craigslist and setting up the buy. I'll bet the truth is that he was combing through Craigslist looking for more 'good citizens who try to report crimes' to harass when he stumbled onto this bust. Right? Guess what? It turns out RSO's academy does all of the training for PD's in the county as well as many other surrounding agencies outside the county, and many of Murrieta PD's officers are former deputies that cut their teeth in more seedy areas of the county before getting hired on in a comparatively quiet city. Clearly objectivity is your middle name -- no doubt the result of an experience that didn't turn out to your liking with the sheriff's department. Sadly, I for one don't place a great amount of stock in your 'well-informed' opinion.
phuh knees August 23, 2011 at 10:13 AM
Good point; when was the last time you saw a fat tweaker? He must not be doing it right...
moeras August 23, 2011 at 11:55 PM
I thought it was cartman from south park...

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