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Information developed by the Burbank Police Department as part of an on-going narcotics investigation netted three arrests and the seizure of both drugs and money last week.
On Thursday, Jan. 23, the Burbank police executed a search warrant at a home in the 8100 block of South Oak Park Avenue. Division Chief Mike Dudlo said detectives located and seized approximately 20 grams of cocaine, a couple grams of marijuana and numerous items used in the sale of narcotics. Also seized was a substantial amount of U.S. currency.
Arrested was resident Carlos Valadez Jr., 41. Valdez is charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug equipment.
In the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 25, Burbank officers with assistance from the South Suburban Emergency Response Team (SSERT), executed search warrants simultaneously at two separate Burbank residences.
In the process of the search of the two homes, police located and seized a combined quantity of approximately 6 grams of cocaine, approximately 20 grams of marijuana, and numerous amounts of drug equipment and items used for the sale of narcotics. A small amount of U.S. currency was recovered from one of the residences.
According to Dudlo, both residences are home to known gang members.
Arrested at a home in the 8000 block of South McVicker Avenue was resident Osama Derweesh, 18. Derweesh was charged with possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of cannabis, and possession of drug equipment.
Arrested at a home in the 8100 block of South Mason Avenue was resident Joshua Boosinger, 19. Boosinger was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment.
Dudlo said, “The Burbank Police Department is doing its best in trying to eliminate the sales of narcotics in the community. Our officers work hard on these cases. Many man hours go into these investigations. Sometimes it produces arrests and sometimes our officers come up ‘dry.’ In either case, we have dedicated officers trying to make this a better community for the residents.”
The Burbank Police Department has set-up a special tip line at (708) 793-3388 and encourages citizens to call with information they may have in connection to a location where drugs may be sold. Callers have the option to give their name or remain anonymous.