Pauline RepardContact Reporter
Sheriff’s deputies kicked in a door, arrested four people and seized drugs, guns and cash at an apartment two blocks from San Diego State University Thursday, authorities said.
The four were not students, and an investigation is continuing into whether they were selling heroin and prescription drugs to students, sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Galve said Friday.
He called the four street-level narcotics dealers.
Detectives at the sheriff’s Alpine substation got a tip a couple of months ago about drug dealing in the College Area, Galve said.
He said they pursued the case, rather than hand it over to San Diego police, because they can run investigations anywhere as county law enforcers.
They got a search warrant for an apartment on College Avenue, at the corner of Montezuma Road. SWAT deputies were brought in as a precaution because the renters were believed to have guns, Galve said.
About 4:30 a.m, the SWAT deputies lobbed flash-bang grenades at the apartment, called in an announcement to identify themselves, then broke down the door, he said.
A man and his girlfriend and two roommates were detained, then arrested.
Up to about two ounces of suspected heroin was seized, along with several dozen prescription pills, a handgun, a rifle, a box or two of ammunition, drug paraphernalia and more than $1,000 in cash, Galve said.
Investigators also seized some collector coins and watches that Galve said were likely either stolen or given in trade for drugs.
A 28-year-old man was jailed on a variety of drug sales and weapons charges. Another man, 32, was booked on possession of narcotics and paraphernalia.
Two women, ages 21 and 24, were booked on conspiracy charges, according to jail records.