By Karen Brainard
Three people in Ramona were arrested Thursday, June 3, by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents after a four-month-long investigation into heroin trafficking in Ramona, according to DEA Agent Gary Hill.
The agents were stationed behind the Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at Main and Eighth Streets and arrested a female who worked at the thrift store.
“We did a search warrant here,” said Hill, standing in the store’s parking lot. “She was dealing heroin from this facility.”
According to Hill, the female was found to be in possession of heroin.
nother female and a male who live in the area were also taken into custody, suspected of heroin distribution, he said. Hill said they were taken to the DEA office in San Diego for processing and would probably be facing state charges. The suspect’s names are not yet available.
The investigation began, Hill said, after the DEA received information from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department about local heroin distribution. Undercover personnel were sent in and heroin was purchased from one of the suspects.
During the search and arrest, Food and Clothes Closet customers found the thrift store closed. The store has been re-opened.